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President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey

Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted out a brief statement Tuesday afternoon.

President Donald Trump has fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Director, James Comey.

That's according to a brief statement White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted out Tuesday afternoon.

The termination of Comey comes after recommendations to do so from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"The FBI is one of our Nation's most cherished respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," the president said in a statement.

The search for a new FBI director begins immediately.

There aren't a lot of details as to why Comey has been booted from the job. But the letter Trump sent to Comey regarding his termination says the president agrees with Sessions' and Rosenstein's recommendations that Comey is "not able to effectively lead the Bureau."

What Sessions said

A copy of the letter Attorney General Sessions sent to the president has been posted to Twitter.

In the letter, Sessions said the FBI needs a "fresh start," and that the "Director of FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example ..."

Sessions mentioned in the letter that the reasons he determined Comey to be unfit were attached in a separate letter which has not been posted online.

Comey's inaccurate testimony

The firing comes the same day the bureau sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Comey gave some false testimony in regards to Hillary Clinton emails.

According to the letter, Comey claimed a top Clinton aide –Huma Abedin – had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails involving Clinton to her husband's laptop. But the letter said only a "small number" of the emails were actually forwarded.

“I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of secretary Clinton’s emails," Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said in his recommendation that the president fire Comey.

Rosenstein also criticized Comey for closing the Clinton email investigation then reopening it so close to the election.

The firing comes amidst an FBI investigation to see if there are any links between President Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government.

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