Trump says possible to pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by next week

Trump says possible to pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by next week

Trump says possible to pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by next week

The president's remarks came four days after his controversial firing of James Comey, a move that was still resonating in Washington.

President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday it's possible he could nominate someone for the position as early as next Friday before he leaves for a trip overseas. Trump said in excerpts of an NBC News interview released Friday that Comey "should have never exonerated" Hillary Clinton.

The White House had no immediate comment on Mr Clapper's remarks on a morning in which no White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows to discuss Mr Trump's firing.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also interviewed, despite his repeated willingness to break from the White House explanations of Comey's ouster.

"Even if this investigation continues unabated, there is a substantial risk that the American people will not have confidence in its results, no matter who is appointed to succeed him, given that the director of the FBI serves at the pleasure of the president", the group wrote. It came just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Trump's then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador and a day after acting Attorney General Sally Yates first alerted the White House that she believed Flynn had lied about the conversations and could be blackmailed by Moscow.

When pressed about whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey or others, Spicer responded: "The president has nothing further to add on that".

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But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full Senate next week, as the fallout over Comey's termination threatened to consume more time on Capitol Hill. The list was first reported by Fox News. While Comey turned down a request to testify this coming Tuesday, a "close associate" of Comey's did tell The New York Times he is willing to go before the Intelligence Committee, he just wants the testimony to be public.

The first candidate has already been interviewed. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating the Russian Federation connections to last year's election, called Trump's tweet "extraordinary".

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein.

The series of events has come following the accusation of the involvement of Russian authorities in US presidential elections 2016, leading to Trump's victory.

Mr Trump said the candidates were "outstanding people" and "very well known".

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