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 ComeyCNN's Jeffrey Toobin says he regrets role in playing up Clinton email story Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report State cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review MORE on the two-year anniversary of his firing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump 'lynching' firestorm is sign of things to come Hillary Clinton has said she'd consider 2020 race if she thought she could win: report Nielsen on leaving Trump administration: 'Saying no and refusing to do it myself was not going to be enough' MORE's use of a private email server.

Comey's firing ultimately led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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.