Social media reacts to Comey's firing
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People took to social media Tuesday to express shock at the news that President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE had fired FBI Director James Comey, with some calling the decision suspicious and raising questions about how the firing will affect investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” the president wrote in a letter to Comey dated Tuesday. 

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Lawmakers, celebrities, reporters and political observers took to social media to share their reactions to the news.