President Trump fires FBI Director

James Comey
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Violent crime has often been a local government concern and a problem that had been on the decline. But rising homicide totals in most of America’s large cities have raised alarms within the Obama administration. Comey says the "very disturbing" homicide spike has law enforcement scrambling to figure out why it’s happening now, and why in so many cities that seemingly have little in common. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

White House announces 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.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says James Comey was fired from his post as FBI director because the law enforcement agency needs a “fresh start.”

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump and released by the White House, Sessions says the FBI director must be someone who follows “faithfully the rules and principles” of the Justice Department. Sessions also says the individual must be someone who “sets the right example” for law enforcement officials and others in the department.

Sessions did not go into detail in the one-page letter dated Tuesday in which he recommended to Trump that Comey be removed as FBI director.

Comey was appointed by President Barack Obama, but before his appointment, Comey was a high ranking member of the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.

Stay tuned to 6 News and the CBS Evening News for more on this developing story.

This story will be updated.

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