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White House announces President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey
Posted at 5:48 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 17:48:00-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.