Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Possible On New FBI Director

May 23, 2017, 11:17
Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Possible On New FBI Director

So I don't think you look at it as any one thing.

The New York Times reported the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him and that Comey refused to do so.

Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. And the new director will nearly certainly have to work to maintain the bureau's credibility by asserting political independence in the face of a president known for demanding loyalty from the people he appoints. Word from the president's high command at the Justice Department that Comey was requesting more resources for his widening investigation into growing evidence of contacts and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1", said Graham, R-S.C.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, discussing the latest developments on the the Senate floor, said: "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

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The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

"You know, I fired a lot of senior people myself and I think the key, when you feel compelled to remove a senior official, is essentially to have all your ducks in a row at the beginning", he said in an interview for CBS News's "Face the Nation" released Friday. Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to give the commence ad. But very well known, highly respected, really talented people.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account, which concerns the FBI's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration with the Russians.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job, drawing a firestorm of criticism. The changing rationales the White House offered added an element of chaos to the president's action.

January 27, 2017: At one-on-one dinner at the White House, Trump asks Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and Comey declines, according to a person close to Comey, speaking after the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked.

So far 14 people - lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates. The interviews are being conducted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

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Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. Special Agent in Charge Adam Lee of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia office, leaves the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The FBI Agents Association has endorsed former Republican congressman Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chair of the House intelligence committee who had collegial relationships with his Democratic counterparts.

-Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed that report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Leaders of the congressional investigations into Russian meddling into the U.S. election previous year are also calling on Comey to testify.

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