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The Hill – The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked President Donald Trump to provide an answer to whether he has the authority to fire FBI Director James Comey.
The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, on Wednesday sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald McGahn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask if the president can fire Comey because the attorney general is not the acting director.
“Director Comey has been confirmed to serve as acting director of the FBI,” Feinstein wrote.
“It is not possible for the president to fire him or otherwise terminate his employment without prior authorization.”
It was not immediately clear whether the senators were referring to the White House’s legal advice on Comey’s termination.
Trump fired Comey on May 9 after a five-week investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The White House has repeatedly said the president has the legal authority to remove Comey and to fire the FBI director.
But Comey has denied the claim.
Comey’s firing came as Democrats and some Republicans have called for the resignation of Trump’s top lawyer, Jay Sekulow, over his role in the Russia investigation.