“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Spicer told reporters in the briefing room, according to a pool report.
Comey was caught in a misstatement regarding the number of emails Hillary Clinton forwarded to former congressman Anthony Weiner, who is under investigation for various sexual crimes.
“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey said, adding later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”
In a letter sent by the FBI to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Comey’s testimony was contradicted by his own agency.
Tuesday’s letter said “most of the emails found on Mr. Weiner’s laptop computer related to the Clinton investigation occurred as a result of a backup of personal electronic devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Ms. Abedin to Mr. Weiner.’’
The letter also corrected the impression Mr. Comey’s testimony had left with some listeners that 12 classified emails were among those forwarded by Abedin to Weiner.
Given Comey’s high-profile relationship with Congress, and his enormous influence on the last election, it may have only been a matter of time before he stepped in a hole too deep to climb out of. That day appears to have arrived.