Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump promises quick nomination of new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Trump promises quick nomination of new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Chaffetz later sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, asking for all FBI notes and information on Comey's communications with President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter torrent Friday morning following days of punishing headlines over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

The tweet about Comey refers to three conversations Trump has said they have had, though he did not elaborate about the existence of tapes.

Well-sourced reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets agreed on a very different explanation: Trump had grown increasingly angry at the doggedness with which Comey's FBI was investigating how and why Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election.

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

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future press briefings and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy", he continued. "The president's actions also risk undermining the ongoing criminal and counterintelligence investigations and the independence of federal law enforcement agencies".

Trump was widely known to record some phone conversations at his office in Trump Tower during his business career, sometimes remarking to aides after a call as to whether or not he had taped that one.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at an afternoon briefing that Trump's warning was "not a threat", adding, "The President has nothing further to say on that".

President Trump talks media accuracy, warns Comey on Twitter
During questioning, Clapper insisted that he was not aware of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Mitch McConnell, Josh Holmes, said McConnell is interested in the suggestion.

Schmidt wrote: "Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense". Richard Burr have invited Comey to meet with their committee next week in a closed-door session but Comey declined. He denies it had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, but also says: "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

In the meantime, the White House has made no complaints about Shcherbak's work.

But when asked whether he still believes that the Russians tried to undermine the USA election to help Trump win, Clapper said: "Yes, I do". "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY. And while 61% of respondents said Trump's decision did not change their opinion of the president, 30% of respondents said they had a less favorable impression of Trump now, versus just 6% who said they had a more favorable view.

He said that while he received a scathing assessment of Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, that memo was not a catalyst for his dramatic decision as the White House had said earlier.

TASS has expressed surprise over the U.S. media's response and asked Russian and worldwide organizations of journalists to express their attitude to the affair. He also led the FBI's global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

Currently, the White House holds daily news briefings conducted by the White House press secretary or deputy press secretary.

Trump's popularity didn't seem to take a significant hit from the Comey investigation - it dropped one point from last month's NBC/WSJ survey to 39% support.

Democrats have found an ally in the Senate's Republican chairman of the intelligence committee.

"I'm not under investigation", Trump added. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.

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