White House: Trump fires Comey

President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.

In a statement, Trump says Comey’s firing “will mark a new beginning” for the FBI. The White House says the search for a new FBI director will begin immediately.

Comey’s firing comes days after he testified on Capitol Hill about the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible connections between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham released a brief statement about the firing Tuesday.

“I know this was difficult decision for all concerned,” the South Carolina Republican said.  “I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles.  Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well.  I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests.”

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