| From CNN’s Jake Tapper: There were two reasons why President Donald Trump fired James Comey, according to a source close to the now-former FBI director:
- Comey never provided the President with any assurance of personal loyalty.
- The fact that the FBI’s investigation into possible Trump team collusion with Russia in the 2016 election was accelerating.
And the plot thickens: Trump had been thinking about firing Comey since Election Day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during today’s White House press briefing.
“The President has lost confidence in Director Comey and, frankly, he’d been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected,” Sanders told reporters, adding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had raised concerns about the former FBI chief on Monday, prompting Trump to ask him to put his recommendation in writing.
Revelations that Trump had been uncertain about Comey for his entire transition and presidency were surprising, given that the White House had previously expressed confidence in the ousted FBI chief multiple times. Sanders also said Trump was not the only one to lose confidence in the FBI director, adding there were deep reservations about him inside the agency. More on this from CNN’s Stephen Collinson and Sara Murray.