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President Donald J. Trump has been under intense scrutiny since the firing of James Comey, a former FBI director who led the bureau’s investigation into the 2016 election.
The president’s top legal aide has argued that the move was meant to prevent Comey from testifying before Congress.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that the dismissal was meant “to stop Russia from interfering in our election and to help the Democrats win.”
The president has also repeatedly said he plans to hold an independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The president has denied any interference, and his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, said in a statement that Comey was fired because of his conduct during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.
The Justice Department said Friday morning in a tweet that Comey’s termination was the result of an “ongoing review of Director Comey’s conduct and his willingness to lead an independent and impartial investigation.”
Rosenstein also told reporters Friday that Comey “categorically denied” the allegations made against him.
The White House has also maintained that the president fired Comey for refusing to resign and for refusing a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he not be removed.