Live: Reactions to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump dismissed FBI director James Comey Tuesday evening in a surprise move that sent shock waves through Washington, D.C.

In a letter to Comey, Trump stated, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”

Comey’s abrupt ouster comes as he is amid an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Follow below for reactions: