May 10, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Tapper source: Trump fired Comey over disloyalty, Russia

Alex Brandon / AP

On CNN's The Lead, Jake Tapper pushed back against the White House's stated reasoning for the termination of FBI Director James Comey — namely, a break in protocol during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and a broad lack of confidence in his leadership — saying that a source close to Comey provided two reasons for the dismissal:

  1. "Comey's refusal to provide the president of any sort of assurance of personal loyalty."
  2. That the Russia probe is "not only an active investigation, it's actively accelerating."
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