Donald Trump mocks outrage at firing of FBI director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey was dismissed by Donald Trump yesterday (Rex)

President Trump has mocked the outrage at the firing of FBI director James Comey after he was unexpectedly dismissed yesterday.

The shock move, which has sent waves through Washington and raised fresh questions about Trump’s ties with Russia, was confirmed in a letter sent to the FBI headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

But Trump has now hit back at Democrat senator Chuck Schumer, who criticised the dismissal, and claimed that he had previously undermined Comey.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #DrainTheSwamp.’

In a letter that confirmed Comey’s dismissal, Trump wrote: ‘While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.

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‘It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.’

The unprecedented move was condemned by Trump’s critics.

Posting on Twitter, Bernie Sanders wrote: ‘Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding.’

Corey’s dismissal was confirmed in a letter to the FBI (Picture: White House)

Similar condemnation came from Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who claimed that the move threatened to ‘undermine’ American democracy.

She said: ‘The President’s sudden and brazen firing of the FBI Director raises the ghosts of some of the worst Executive Branch abuses. We cannot stand by and watch a coverup of the possible collusion with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy.’

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President Trump is yet to specify the reason for Comey’s dismissal, but it is believed that it may be linked to Comey’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and her links with Huma Abedin, the vice chair of her 2016 Presidential campaign.