For the purposes of time, we recommend watching through 4:10.
In a surprise move, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey May 9, 2017 after receiving recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Reactions to Comey’s firing have tended to fall along party lines. Democratic lawmakers expressed concern that Comey’s firing comes at the same time that the FBI is conducting an investigation into possible inappropriate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. They have repeatedly asked for an independent prosecutor into the matter. Most Republican lawmakers said they do not believe Comey’s firing will affect the investigation and that Trump has the legal authority to remove Comey from his position as he sees fit.
May 10, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.