Why Was Comey Fired?
Why Was Comey Fired?

By Niall McCarthy (Statista)

According to a new poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, Americans largely disagree with Trump's rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey.

President Trump justified his decision to fire James Comey by citing a letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accusing Comey of serious mistakes in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, however, Americans largely disagree with that rationale.

Only 15 percent of the U.S. public think Trump fired Comey due to his unhappiness with the email server investigation compared to 34 percent who think he acted due to Comey's investigation into his administration's ties with Russia. The largest share of Americans, 36 percent, blame the Comey firing on a combination of reasons.

The chart above shows responses to the question "in your opinion, what was the main reason Trump fired FBI director James Comey?"

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