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 ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE on the two-year anniversary of his firing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE's use of a private email server.

Comey's firing ultimately led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.