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Trump fires FBI chief over 'false' testimony

By AP Reporters

President Donald Trump has abruptly sacked FBI Director James Comey, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency after several tumultuous months.

The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the FBI corrected a sentence in Mr Comey's sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week.

Mr Trump said it would "mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement".

Mr Comey had told politicians that Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband Anthony Weiner's laptop, including classified information.

But yesterday the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate that only "a small number" of emails on the laptop had been forwarded there, while most had simply been backed up from electronic devices.

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