Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Here are 11 candidates being considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director


"It was a quick-moving process", she said. The FBI has never had a female director. Letters by the two Department of Justice officials pinned Comey's ouster on the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

But even so, a new director could come in and kill the investigation, right?

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized, " said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally. If so, President Donald Trump is following a problematic precedent.

During a press briefing, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked, "Isn't it true that the president had already chose to fire James Comey, and he asked the Justice Department to put together the rationale for that firing?" Before that, he was the assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide.

The White House denied the account. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the choice should be "certainly somebody not of a partisan background, certainly somebody of great experience and certainly somebody of courage". The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator for SC, said yesterday that the White House must "clear the air" about whether there were any taped conversations between Mr Trump and Mr Comey. Associates of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who remained out of sight Friday at his suburban Virginia home, said they believed any tapes would validate Comey's side of the story.

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"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, referring to the law that permits taping conversations without the knowledge of one of the participants.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer didn't comment when asked whether Trump recorded Comey or if recording equipment exists in the Oval Office.

Except, it seems, as the months wore on, Trump stopped finding it amusing. According to several news reports, the president began to compile a long list of reasons for wanting to fire Comey. Among them: Comey's unwillingness to push more aggressively on investigating executive branch leaks, Comey's public statement that there was "no information" to back up Trump's claim the Obama administration had ordered a wiretap on his campaign, and Comey's insufficient effort, as Trump saw it, to publicly bat down talk that the president and his campaign were being investigated for possible ties to Russian Federation during the election.

Democrats and the media have continued to fault the timing for Mr. Comey's sack following ongoing investigations into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in the November 8 presidential election. Each has worked in high-profile positions in the Justice Department.

Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, and former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers also met with Justice officials. Trump was reportedly surprised at the backlash to the announcement Tuesday.

Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

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