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Trump Has Been Considering Firing Comey Since Taking Office on January 20

© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikIn this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press.
In this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press. - Sputnik International
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US President Donald Trump has been thinking of removing James Comey from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director post since the day he took office on January 20, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a briefing on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump has completely lost confidence in Comey over the last few months, after the bureau's former head made a series of mistakes, Sanders added.

"He [Trump] has been considering letting director Comey go since the day he was elected," Sanders told reporters.

FBI Director James Comey looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (File) - Sputnik International
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On Monday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein addressed their concerns over Comey's performance with Trump. Following the conversation, the president recommended to the officials to put their findings on paper, Sanders explained.

Sanders noted significant amount of evidence has revealed Comey was not competent to lead the FBI.

Trump scolded Comey in a letter announcing his dismissal, stating, "You are not able to effectively lead" the FBI. As such, a change in leadership was necessary to rebuild trust between the White House and the law enforcement agency.

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