Zach Gibson

The White House said a search for a new director will begin "immediately"

May, 09, 2017

This article originally appeared on Time by Alana Abramson

President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said in a statement Tuesday evening.

"Today President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office," Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. The decision was based on recommendations from the top ranking officials in the Justice Department.

The statement came shortly after the FBI acknowledged to the Senate Judiciary committee that Comey had misspoken during his testimony last week about Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarding thousands of emails to her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner

The White House said a search for a new director will begin "immediately."