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President Trump to keep James Comey as head of FBI

President Donald Trump intends to keep James Comey on as the director of the FBI, people familiar with the decision told The New York Times.

Comey has fallen under heavy criticism from Democrats who scrutinized his decision to announce less than two weeks before the presidential election that the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The FBI is currently investigating possible ties between President Trump's associates, including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the Russian government.

The sitting president may fire the FBI director if he wishes; otherwise, FBI directors serve 10-year terms. Former President Barack Obama appointed Comey in 2013.