Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Clapper: US government 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

While speaking to reporters on Air Force One Saturday, President Donald Trump explained that he could nominate a replacement for now-former FBI Director James Comey sooner than anyone may have thought.

President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year's election was on his mind when he dismissed the man overseeing the probe.

"This was the first major crisis or test they've had, and it looks like a lot of systems failed", said Trump ally and CEO of the right-wing news site Chris Ruddy.

When it turned out that a White House photographer was present there, too, some mass media said the Trump administration was angry these photographs were published openly. John Cornyn of Texas, attorney Alice Fisher and Judge Michael Garcia for the permanent position. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding".

Conspicuously ousted FBI Director James Comey has yet to comment on his sudden dismissal by the President, but he'd apparently be happy to chat with some senators as long as it's out in the open.

For a White House accustomed to bouts of chaos, Trump's handling of Comey's firing could have serious and long-lasting implications.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said, adding a list of well-known figures are being considered.

Hackers mint crypto-currency with technique similar to WannaCry 'ransomware' attack
The $4 billion in damage could be far more important to the perpetrators than the $70,000 or less in ransom payments collected. But North Korea has been preparing cyber skills for more than 10 years and its skill is significant.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mr Comey said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty.

Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division.

Department of Justice officials have already begun interviewing candidates for the permanent Federal Bureau of Investigation director role.

At Liberty, Trump peppered his remarks with the kind of anti-establishment rhetoric that fueled his maverick presidential campaign, telling graduates to challenge "entrenched interests".

Democratic lawmakers asked the White House to turn over any such recordings, and alleged that Trump's tweet raised the possibility of "obstruction of justice".

In an interview with USA media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein conducted the interviews.

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