Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking: 'Four to be interviewed' to replace Comey
- Author: Carlos Nash May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 15:44
Lawmakers from both parties also criticized Trump's actions last week, which included changing explanations from the White House for the firing and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations. Like the unprecedented ball of confusion that he is, Trump granted an interview to NBC's Lester Holt days after in he West Wing of the White House where he "scattered the whole thing" as we'll say here in Nigeria.
"If the president has "tapes" of his conversations with Director Comey, it is because the president himself made them".
Mediaite.com said, "in response to Trump's threatening "tapes" tweet, someone close to Comey responded by saying he "hopes" there are tapes". He tells reporters that it's possible an announcement on James Comey's replacement could come before then.
Senior Democrats on the House judiciary and oversight committees wrote to the White House on Friday demanding copies of any recordings. "He can hire and fire whoever he wants", she said. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration, ex-FBI agent and former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen.
Trump said, in a morning Twitter tirade that painted a picture of a president under siege and lashing out.
-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.
Later Friday, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Comey turned down an invitation to appear before the panel next week.More news: Kentuckian Nicky Hayden reportedly in coma after vehicle hits his bicycle
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.
Trump, who has been preparing for his first foreign trip - one that will take him to the Middle East and Europe - also will deliver the commencement address to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday. But he also said, "In fact when I made a decision 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, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".
Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr said he doesn't think the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation was the reason for the firing. But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate".
So far 14 people - politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates. John Cornyn of Texas.
Mr. Trump had on Tuesday night fired Mr. Comey over what he and White House termed the loss of confidence in the Bureau under the former Director based on recommendations from the Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Trump told Fox News in an interview he did not think an independent probe was necessary.