Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump wants to move quickly on new FBI director

"[James Comey] had a lot of pressure put on and he exonerated her", Trump said Friday in his interview with NBC Nightly News' Lester Holt.

Trump released his own statement about Comey's firing: "You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately", Trump wrote to Comey in a letter released by the White House. "I've not asked him - generally I don't go through the list of government employees and ask him, so I have not asked him specifically about that".

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration. On Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file.

Comey, meanwhile, has stayed staunchly silent, forcing Trump to shadow box with his opponent. Democrats have labeled his actions "Nixonian".

Rosenstein has been on the job for only a few weeks, but his role in President Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief has come under enormous scrutiny from Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.

"He had mentioned that he had been invited to the White House to have dinner with the president and that he was uneasy with that because of compromising even the optics, the appearance of independence, not only of him but of the FBI", Clapper told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has indicated the president isn't particularly anxious about the appearance that Trump's decision to fire Comey was an attempt to remove a check on his power and quell the escalating investigation into his campaign.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty". Trump told NBC he had planned to fire Comey all along, regardless of whether top Justice Department officials recommended the stunning step.

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

"The effect has been is to lionize Comey and put the president in the hard position of being defensive", Madden said. "It's my hope that that we will be able to find a time".

And Trump was reportedly incensed by Comey's refusal to defend his accusation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the presidential election.

Critics have assailed Mr Trump for abruptly dismissing Mr Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign.

"I think we probably should have seen this coming", Madden said with a chuckle. "The culture of law enforcement and the celebrity culture that the president comes out of are very different". In a series of tweets on Friday, he reiterated that threat.

Consider then the irony that Comey's firing led to the Washington Post citing an unprecedented 30 unnamed sources in its next-day story about his dismissal.

But Comey rarely shied away from media appearances when he felt it was in the public interest to speak - something some critics say was his critical failing.

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