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The White House says President Donald J. Trump has fired FBI Director Joe Biden’s longtime personal assistant.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tells reporters at the White House that the president made the decision to terminate Biden’s personal assistant, Karen Lewis, “because of the FBI’s handling of an investigation into Russian election interference.”
The decision to end the former Biden aide’s employment comes less than a day after Biden told NBC News that he would not recuse himself from any future investigations into the Trump campaign and Russia.
Lewis, who was not fired but was reassigned, had been an adviser to the president for several years.
Biden said in a statement that he is looking forward to working with her again.
“We are grateful to Karen for her many years of dedication to her profession and the men and women who protect us every day,” Biden said.
Biden’s personal aide is expected to be paid for her time working for the White Houses office, the White Senate Office and the Department of Justice.
She has worked in a number of different positions at the agency.
The resignation of Lewis comes just days after the resignation of acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who stepped down after the bureau’s Russia probe was widened.
The White House announced Wednesday that McCabe had resigned as FBI director amid mounting criticism of his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
The move came as the White house continues to grapple with the fallout of Comey’s firing.
Comey’s firing came as Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were meeting with Democratic leaders in Washington to discuss the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the election.
Pence and Trump met privately with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating the Trump associates who attended the 2016 election and Russian efforts to sway the 2016 race.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and Rep. Bill Alexander (D.
He holds an LL.
M from the London School of Economics.