After meeting with federal law enforcement officials at the White House Sunday, President Donald Trump has decided to keep FBI Director James Comey on board, sources told CNN Tuesday.
In a November interview with "60 Minutes" just days after the presidential election, Trump told CBS reporter Leslie Stahl that he hadn't yet made up his mind about Comey's fate, expressing concern for what he said were information leaks coming from the FBI.
"I think that I would rather not comment on that yet. I don't — I haven't made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot," Trump said in November. "There's been a lot of leaking, there's no question. But I would certainly like to talk to him. And see him."
"This is a tough time for him. And I would like to talk to him before I'd answer a question like that," Trump added. "I'm not sure. I'd want to see, you know, he may have had very good reasons for doing what he did."
While Comey's 10-year term doesn't end until 2023, some speculated that the intense public scrutiny of his investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email server and Trump's clashing with the FBI over Russian interference in the election might lead to Comey's departure under the new administration.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into Comey's handling of the Clinton email case and his decision to hold a press conference just days before the presidential election, when he stated the FBI had new information that gave them reason to consider reopening the case. Top Democratic lawmakers insisted Comey acted unethically and purposefully to swing the election, but the FBI has maintained that their office welcomes the investigation and opportunity to make more information available to the public.