The 11 candidates being considered for FBI director

Trevor Jackson
May 16, 2017

Trump said he was firing Comey for his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails previous year.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. "I won't talk about that".

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.

The FBI launched an investigation into whether Moscow coordinated with Trump's presidential campaign officials to undermine last year's divisive elections after U.S. intelligence agencies reported interference from Russian security services.

The president also criticized Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander", and claimed that Comey told him he was not under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation. 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.

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.

Spicer was asked was asked how the White House will respond to questions from members of Congress about a possible recording system. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

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"I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate".

One thing has changed however: Overall, 78 percent of surveyed Americans said they prefer a special prosecutor or independent investigation into the possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, including 68 percent of Republican voters.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, also said the same, adding that the ongoing probes 'are far too important to risk disruption, delay or interference'. "Risky because he may be obstructing justice, in terms of the investigation that really goes to the heart of our democracy -the accountability of the President, and the people around him, to the rule of law - protecting our democracy from an invasion - a cyber-invasion by the Russians", he said.

Among those expected to interview Saturday were Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

After comments that the administration intends to move "very quickly" on the process, a reporter in the White House press pool asked the president if that could mean finding a permanent replacement to spearhead the agency by the end of the week. Trump told NBC he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of whether top Justice Department officials recommended the stunning step.

If a Senate vote on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director breaks down along party lines, Democrats would not have the votes to block a nominee because Republicans hold a majority in the chamber.

"The bottom line is, I don't know if there was collusion, and I don't know of any evidence to it", Clapper said.

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