President Trump will reportedly keep James Comey as FBI director

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National Intelligence Director James Clapper, left, and FBI Director James Comey, center, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities.

President Trump has reportedly asked James Comey to remain in his post as FBI director.

Comey told top agents in the bureau that Trump asked him to remain at his post, according to a report by the New York Times. He is currently leading the FBI investigation into Trump’s potential ties to the Russian government.

During the campaign, Trump was a harsh critic of the FBI for not bringing charges against his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

But on Sunday, Comey received a pat on the back from Trump at a White House reception to honor law enforcement officers and first responders.

“He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said, according to the Washington Post.

Comey came under fire from Democrats for announcing he was resuming an investivation into Clinton's emails shortly before the Nov. 8 election, a move she said was a major factor in her loss to Trump. 

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