Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

Joanna Estrada
May 20, 2017

As Trump works to fast-track Comey's successor, lawmakers from both parties urged him to steer clear of any politicians for the job and say he must "clean up the mess that he mostly created". GOP Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general, also interviewed.

January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration.

Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association.

Given the Republicans' narrow Senate majority, the larger consideration for the White House is that some GOP senators also insist on a non-partisan choice as the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Asked whether it was the right time to have someone such as Rogers or Cornyn, Graham flatly said, "no".

"We worked for about two hours with [US State Secretary] Rex Tillerson, and then discussed Syria with US President Donald Trump at the White House for almost one hour, first and foremost, from the point of view of the developments, created previous year and continued with the new administration", Lavrov said in the air of Channel One on Sunday.

The firing of Comey already has left Trump with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to dismiss a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House.

July 5, 2016: He holds news conference to announce that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, over her email practices as secretary of state, but criticizes Clinton and her staff for being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified material.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another congressional committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes.

Andrew McCabe was the FBI's deputy director until he stepped up after the abrupt departure of his boss.

"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", he said.

"All I want is for Comey to be honest - and I hope he will be". Asking such a question "would come close to bribery... or at least obstruction of justice, which Comey would've had to be an idiot to fall for by offering the assurance sought", Tribe said.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job. Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president's action.

President Trump also told NBC's Lester Holt that, despite statements to the contrary by Vice President Pence and Sean Spicer, recommendations from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein did not have anything to do with his decision, which he made before receiving Rosenstein's memo.

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

-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.

-U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

-Frances Townsend, former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Clapper and Schumer made their comments on CNN's "State of the Union"; Graham spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press"; and Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week" and "Fox News Sunday".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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