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Sessions was told to find reasons to fire Comey: reports

 
Senior officials at the White House and Justice Department were working on building a case against Comey since that time, according to The New York Times. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE was asked to come with reasons to oust him. 
 
CNN reported the discussions were confined to the highest levels of the Trump administration.
 
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Rosenstein cited Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE’s private email server, which Trump repeatedly promoted during the 2016 campaign. 
 
The firing occurred weeks after Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating whether Trump associates colluded with Russia in its efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.