United States president Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump said in a letter to Mr Comey that he was “not able to effectively lead the bureau”.
Mr Comey played a controversial role in the 2016 presidential election, when he announced, days before the election, that Mrs Hillary Clinton was under renewed investigation for her use of a private email server – a move that the Democratic candidate said contributed to her defeat by Trump.
The Trump campaign is currently being investigated by the FBI over allegations that it colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.
Mr. Trump informed Mr. Comey he had been terminated after accepting the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the White House said.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in the letter.