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CNN to host James Comey town hall on 2-year anniversary of Trump firing him

CNN to host James Comey town hall on 2-year anniversary of Trump firing him
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CNN will host a town hall with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air Showtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist MORE on the two-year anniversary of his firing by President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE, the network announced Wednesday. 

The event will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air May 9 at 8 p.m., according to CNN.

Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, citing the former FBI director's management of the investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE's use of a private email server.

Comey's firing ultimately led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE. The firing was one "episode" probed by Mueller in his investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.

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Mueller neither concluded that Trump committed obstruction nor exonerated him on the matter. Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference ahead of the release of Mueller's report that he and outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence to establish such charges.

Comey has been a frequent critic of Trump's since his termination. On Wednesday, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that said Trump's "amoral" leadership is revealing Barr's "character." 

"Trump eats your soul in small bites," he wrote. 

Comey sparked backlash in 2016 when he announced less than two weeks before the presidential election that the FBI was investigating more emails that could be linked to Clinton's private server. Clinton later said she believed the move cost her the presidency.

Comey served as FBI director from July 2013 until his ouster in May 2017.