This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey. A statement released by the White House late Tuesday (US time) states that Trump’s decision was “based on the clear recommendations” of US attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Comey has been at the centre of numerous political controversies since the 2016 US presidential election.

In his letter to Comey, Trump wrote: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau."

In March, Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere with the presidential election. Democrats are now calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate those claims. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Republican Richard Burr, said he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination".

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