Cornyn could face Senate resistance if tapped by Trump to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved".

"It would be out of character for Comey to have made that statement even once, much less three times, to the president", a law enforcement source told CBS.

Also in the Thursday NBC interview, Trump trampled on the White House narrative about why Comey was sacked, insisting that he would've fired Comey regardless of the recommendation he received from the Department of Justice and saying the FBI's investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials factored into his decision.

The other two times Trump said he asked Comey whether he was under investigation were in telephone conversations.

Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.

When Holt asked Trump whether he'd asked Rosenstein for his recommendation the day before firing Comey, Trump replied: "What I did was, I was going to fire". "All of the agents involved in the investigation are still in their positions". Mr Trump has as good as publicly threatened Mr Comey after dismissing him not to reveal any aspect of their personal conversations if these are negative to the President.

Appearing in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", the secretary was questioned about an assertion by Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, that the issue was not raised during his talks last week in Washington with Tillerson - or at a White House meeting with President Trump.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the current Senate majority whip and former attorney general of Texas, is another contender who was interviewed Saturday to replace Comey.

In a busy day for the U.S. president, in which he signed two executive orders and had his daily intelligence briefing, he found time to return to the decade-long row. "It was the right one", she told reporters responding to a volley of questions at her daily news conference. "I don't see it as a conflict of interest", Sanders said. The FBI has never had a female director.

"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union" programme. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Sessions forwarded Rosenstein's memo to Trump and recommended that he remove Comey from his role.

"For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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