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 ComeyBarr warns encryption allows 'criminals to operate with impunity' Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Davis: Advice to House Democrats — Mueller is right to stick to the facts; don't ask him to imitate Starr and Comey MORE on the two-year anniversary of his firing by President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota 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 Clinton5 things to know about Boris Johnson Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike MORE's use of a private email server.

Comey's firing ultimately led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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.