Timeline

Comey’s firing: How did we get here?

A timeline of the events leading up to the FBI director’s dismissal.

Timeline

Comey’s firing: How did we get here?

A timeline of the events leading up to the FBI director’s dismissal.
Timeline

Comey’s firing: How did we get here?

A timeline of the events leading up to the FBI director’s dismissal.

On Tuesday evening, President Trump shocked the nation by firing FBI director James Comey, less than four years into Comey’s ten-year term. It was not only major news, but another twist in the hard-to-follow relationship between Comey and the White House.

At various times over the past year, Comey has been both a hero and a pariah in Trumpland — a bad guy to Trump and his supporters when he closed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s possible mishandling of classified information on her private email server, and a good guy when he briefly reopened the investigation in October, possibly costing Clinton the election.

Even since Trump’s inauguration, he has both embraced and harshly criticized Comey, before abruptly firing him. Confused? Click or tap through this timeline for some background.

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