President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday. [New York Times]

THE INSTANT FBI Director James Comey gave his now infamous press conference in July 2016, his days were numbered.

Comey was heading an investigation on whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

What Trump may have done is heighten the need for an independent commission on all things Russia. …and Trump.

UPDATE 5.10.17: File this under YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SH*! UP.

Pool report, verbatim

The White House summoned the press pool just after 11:20 a.m. for what some had assumed would be a spray of President Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Pool was ushered into the Oval Office at 11:26 a.m., but Trump was instead seated beside former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The meeting with Kissinger was not on Trump’s public schedule today.

POTUS, wearing a dark suit and red striped tie, said he met with Kissinger to talk “about Russia and various other matters.”

“We’re talking about Syria and I think that we’re going to do very well with respect to Syria and things are happening that are really, really, really positive,” Trump added. “We’re going to stop the killing and the death.”

POTUS then said he had a “very, very good meeting” with FM Lavrov. He said both sides want to end “the killing — the horrible, horrible killing in Syria as soon as possible and everybody is working toward that end.”

The Lavrov meeting was closed to the press and the only visual account we have of it thus far is via handout photos from the Russian government. Those images show Trump also met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump circled back and said it was “an honor” to discuss the issues with Kissinger because “he’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”

Trump then took two questions about his decision to fire James Comey as FBI director, the transcript of which was included in previous reports.

Pool was ushered out at 11:28 a.m.

A special thank you to radio pooler Greg Clugston, who generously shared his transcript the Comey remarks.