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President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey

Comey embroiled in controversy over handling of Clinton email scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

The move comes hours after the FBI sent a letter to Congress correcting the record on Comey's testimony on Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.

In a letter Tuesday, the FBI said Comey misspoke when he said Abedin had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails to the laptop of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

The FBI said only a small number of the emails found on the laptop were a result of forwarding. Most occurred as a backup from other electronic devices.

Comey has been embroiled in controversy over his handling of Clinton’s emails during the 2016 presidential election.

Comey had served as director since Sept. 2013.

The White House released this statement on the matter:

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