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Donald Trump Fires FBI Director

President Donald Trump shocked many by abruptly firing F.B.I. director James Comey on Tuesday this week. President Trump's decision is largely unprecedented, as Comey is only the second director to be fired in bureau history.

Although the president has the authority to remove the F.B.I. director from his or her post at any time, the position usually extends for a 10-year term; a policy established by Congress intended to protect the director from political influence. The only other director fired was William S. Sessions, who was fired by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

While the president's move is historically surprising when compared to past presidencies, it falls in line with the nature of President Trump's term so far - one in which he has fired his acting attorney general for insubordination as well as his national security advisor for lying about communications with Russia. Regardless, President Trump's move is raising eyebrows across party lines as questions arise about the independence of the F.B.I.

Prior to his termination, Comey was the top official leading the criminal investigation into President Trump's alleged collusion with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In his letter to Comey confirming the termination, the president bizarrely states, "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau." While Democrats were quick to call for an independent investigation into the Russia inquiry, the release of Trump's letter also sparked criticism from Republicans, who now question the timing of the Russia investigation and Comey's termination.

Comey learned of his firing from news reports while addressing F.B.I. employees in Los Angeles. The television behind Comey flashed the news, and in response to the initial reports Comey laughed it off as a prank. Trump's letter was delivered to F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington D.C. shortly after.

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