Jake Tapper Reports Lack of ‘Loyalty’ and Russian Investigation Behind Trump’s Sacking of Comey


President Donald Trump penned a termination letter to FBI Director James Comey, which was released Tuesday afternoon, explaining the official reasons for his firing. But was there more to it?

Citing an unnamed source close to Comey, CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that there were two real reasons that Trump let Comey go just seven days after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reported that the President had confidence in the FBI Director.

“One, Comey’s refusal to provide the President with any sort of assurance of personal loyalty,” Tapper said. “And two, the fact that the FBI’s investigation into possible Trump-team collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, that that’s still not only an active investigation, it’s actually accelerating.”

Tapper went on to report that “mounting evidence” supports his source’s claim that the Trump fired Comey because of his “irritation with the Russia investigation.”

The Lead host referenced two Trump Tweets from last week which appeared to be kind or at least apathetic to Comey as evidence that Trump’s feeling about the FBI Director may have changed suddenly based on the Russia investigation:

Watch above, via CNN.

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