Donald Trump ready to make 'fast decision' on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

"I think the process is going to go quickly, " Trump said of the candidates. "I think it's really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey's side of the story". The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

Trump sent shockwaves through Washington on Tuesday in dismissing the man leading a probe into his campaign's possible Russian Federation ties, first citing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's recommendation that Comey be axed over how he handled investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "Exactly", Clapper replied, adding that the constitutional system of checks and balances was "under assault and is eroding". Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Comey's ouster and its characterizations of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump told NBC's Lester Holt Thursday that Comey provided him during the dinner with an assurance that the president was not under investigation. John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Mr Comey had initially declined to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing.

We'd feel less inclined toward a special prosecutor if Republicans in the Senate had shown more backbone.

The Trump administration initially attributed Comey's dismissal to a memo Rosenstein wrote condemning the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's management of the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

Sources with knowledge of the situation emphasized that they do not believe Comey would have spoken about the Russian Federation probe with Trump under any circumstances.

In a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday", Warner said, "my expectation is that we will get a chance to hear from him in public". "And, to be honest with you, I want it to be accurate, also".

The administration has interviewed at least eight candidates for the job, and Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office.

The FBI is investigating the allegations and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said in a letter to the White House Counsel Donald F McGahn after Trump tweeted about tapes earlier this morning.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

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