Trump is said to be frustrated after reaction to Comey firing

15 Mai, 2017, 23:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal

White House officials said Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to replace Comey, including Texas Sen.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions and Rosenstein are involved in the interviews because the Federal Bureau of Investigation director reports to them as attorney general and deputy attorney general.

CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

Since Comey was sacked on Tuesday, Democrats have said the firing could be linked to the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign officials' potential ties to Russian operatives.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, told MSNBC that Congress would want to look at the tapes, if they exist. Luttig clashed with the Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla.

Trump told Fox News in an interview he did not think an independent probe was necessary. Comey will apparently testify if the hearing is public.

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Comey declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed meeting on Tuesday for scheduling reasons, said Warner's spokesman. The day before, Huckabee Sanders called it "probably one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate".

Trump said the candidates under consideration to lead the FBI - White House officials have identified 11 of them so far - are "outstanding people". "He'll do it when he wants to, just like he fired FBI Director Comey". But it is not only at the White House that Trump has communications problems. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

At the State Department, regular daily briefings - which are as closely followed by the diplomatic corps as the White House press conferences - have not resumed since late January, save for a few exceptions in March.However, for both Earnest and Psaki, the moment of truth will come when a national security crisis erupts. Some said he kept his promise to shake up Washington, while others saw it as a maneuver to block an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. As for the tweet to Comey, Spicer said: "That's not a threat".

The memo issued by the Department of Justice to explain Comey's termination attributes the decision to his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Four candidates - Cornyn, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, attorney Alice Fisher and judge Michael Garcia - have interviews scheduled Saturday. Grand jury subpoenas were reportedly issued in recent weeks by a U.S. Attorney in Virginia targeting business associates of former National Security Adviser and close Trump associate Michael Flynn, who was himself forced to resign amid scandal surrounding his ties to Russian Federation.

Trump has expressed frustration that the Russian Federation probe has loomed over his presidency.

During an interview with Fox News that was recorded on Friday, Trump denied ever asking Comey to pledge his loyalty, but argued it wouldn't have been inappropriate for him to do so.

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