President Donald Trump has fired James Comey as FBI director following recommendations of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the bureau needs new leadership.
Trumpâs decision is based on how Comey handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clintonâs use of a private server for email communications, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Comeyâs dismissal has sparked calls from some Republicans to establish an independent commission to probe whether Trumpâs advisers conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Andrew McCabe, FBIâs deputy chief, has been named by the Justice Department as the bureauâs acting director as the White House begins the search for a new chief, the report added.
Rosenstein wrote in aÂ memo obtained by CNN that Comey departed from DOJâs traditions by holding a press conference in July 2016 to announce that the investigation into Clintonâs emails âshould be closed without prosecution.”
âThe goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference,â Rosenstein Â stated.
âThe goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecutionâ¦ and then â if prosecution is warranted â let the judge and jury determine the facts.”