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