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Wednesday night. We begin tonight with new reporting here after that major shakeup in Washington. The director of the FBI, James Comey, fired, learning about it on television. The president’s termination letter then read to him on the phone. Tonight, here, major questions. Why fire Comey and why now? The white house saying the department of justice, the deputy attorney general recommending Comey’s departure. Tonight, our team has learned it was the president himself who set this in motion. Comey at home tonight as we learned what president trump said to the attorney general and to the deputy attorney general during their visit to the white house. What he asked them for and the time line leading to Comey’s firing. Late word that president trump fired national security Mike Flynn has now been subpoena for doumtss regarding Russia. ABC’s Jonathan Karl leading us off. Reporter: Less than 24 hours after the firing James Comey, the man leading the investigation into Russian meddling, president trump welcomed Russia’s ambassador and foreign minister to the white house. The Russians releasing these pictures of the men laughing together in the oval office. Later, the president asked why fire Comey? Mr. President, why did you fire director Comey? Why did you fire director Comey? Because he wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply, he was not doing a good job. Reporter: The big question tonight — why now? The white house initially said the president lost confidence in Comey just yesterday, after receiving this memo from deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein blasted Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, singling out the July news conference where the director declared he would not prosecute Clinton, but then went on to criticize her at length. Rosenstein implied Clinton had been treated unfairly, saying, “We do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.” Rosenstein’s memo was delivered to the white house shortly before 2:30 P.M. Yesterday. Less than three hours later, the president sent this letter to FBI headquarters, informing Comey “You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effectively immediately.” He made a point of adding this — “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I’m not under investigation.” But when the letter arrived, Comey wasn’t at the FBI. He was in Los Angeles, giving a speech. On a television he saw a headline that he had been fired. At first he thought it was a prank. But then he got on the phone with his office and an aide read the president’s letter. Later that night, cameras caught him boarding a government plane for the long flight home. Meantime, on television, white house aides said Russia had nothing to do with it, even implying there was nothing left to investigate anyway. When are they going to let that go? It’s been…

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