A source says former FBI director James Comey was fired by President Trump for two reasons: refusing to offer personal loyalty to Trump, and the FBI's intensifying investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.
The source, a person close to Comey, shared the two reasons with CNN Wednesday. The information contradicts the reasoning for Comey's firing as explained by the Trump administration.
Earlier on Wednesday, the White House said that Trump has been considering firing Comey since he took office in January.
“The president … had lost confidence in Director Comey,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “He’d been considering letting Director Comey go since they day he was elected.”
The White House denied that Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE and his deputy Rod Rosenstein to come up with a reason to fire Comey.
Trump both praised and criticized Comey during his 2016 campaign for his handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE’s private email server, and in April said in an interview that he “had confidence” in Comey.
FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
...Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
Multiple reports on Wednesday said that Comey had requested more money for the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia days before he was fired.