FBI Director James Comey says president asked him to stay and he agreed
FBI Director James Comey, whose handling of the federal inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State was harshly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats during the contentious presidential campaign, is expected to remain under new President Trump, an official with knowledge of the matter confirmed Tuesday.
Comey, more than three years into a 10-year term as chief of the federal law enforcement agency, told top aides in recent days that Trump had asked him to stay on, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.
The director and Trump briefly discussed the matter during their first meeting in New York about three weeks ago.
Although FBI directors are appointed to decade-long terms, they can be removed by the president.