Former TSA boss among candidates for FBI director

Olive Rios
June 5, 2017

Associated Press reported Wednesday that an associate of James Comey says the special counsel overseeing the investigation has approved the former FBI director to testify before a Senate committee.

As of Wednesday, no member of the Senate Intelligence Committee had given any confirmation that Comey is set to testify, either via their Twitter accounts or in a public statement. According to Lichtblau, Comey and Bob Mueller have been discussing the parameters that would govern what he can and cannot say during his testimony, in order to not interfere with any ongoing criminal investigations with the public testimony.

Comey will discuss his interactions with Trump, during which the president allegedly pressured the former director to provide information regarding ongoing FBI investigations.

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Weeks earlier, during a dinner on January 27, Trump reportedly twice asked Comey for his loyalty. Trump said earlier this month he was "very close" to picking a nominee for the post and he had already met with several candidates.

Pistole has law enforcement experience spanning from 1983 until 2010, and was named deputy for former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, now Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, in 2004, and was responsible for the FBI's counterterrorism division after 9/11. By smearing character of Comey, the Trump White House left him little choice but to testify in an open hearing and tell the world what he knows.

In an interview with NBC, Trump said the Russian Federation investigation, which he considers unfair, was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey.

A DOJ spokesman declined comment on the potential personnel move.

Weissmann had been head of the criminal division's fraud section since 2015.

Mueller's team is expected to include Andrew Weissmann, a longtime DOJ and FBI veteran who helped spearhead the government's prosecutions involving Enron and multiple Mafia crime families, according to two sources who are closely tracking the unfolding investigation. He later joined and ran the Enron Task Force.

The White House gave varying explanations for the firing, and Trump himself hinted that the Russian Federation probe was a factor.

The intelligence community said earlier this year with "high confidence" that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election in Trump's favor against Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

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