President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey over Clinton e-mail probeEnlarge (credit: Brookings Institution)
FBI Director James Comey was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump over his handling for the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal.

A search has begun to replace Comey, who was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2013.
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” President Trump said in a statement.

Comey’s removal was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein wrote in a Justice Department memo that Comey was wrong to close the investigation into whether Clinton should be prosecuted for running a private e-mail server from her New York residence when she was secretary of state.

Comey also should not have announced July 5 that the investigation was closed. “The director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial.
It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”
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