United States government 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

United States government 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

United States government 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

"Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said before taking off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

He described the candidates being considered for the post as "outstanding people", "very well-known", and of the "highest level".

The 49-year-old Mr McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against USA installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. "Internally from the president?" he was asked.

The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey by a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email. Not only did it cost Mrs Clinton the election, but also made Mr Comey the "enemy number one" in the camp of Democrats, although the conclusion of the second probe became the same as his previous one, just before the election.

Meanwhile, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday found that 29 percent of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, while 38 percent disapprove.

Additionally, Gingrich discussed President Trump's warning that he might end daily White House press briefings.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said repeatedly when pressed on whether or not there were tapes.

Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey, who was leading the agency's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

In January, the USA intelligence community announced with "high confidence" that the Russian government-including intelligence officials, paid social media trolls and Vladimir Putin himself-had interfered in our election "to undermine public faith in the United States democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency", while harboring "a clear preference for President-elect Trump". "Highly unethical. At a minimum unethical", Schiff said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation". "I see no need for a special commission yet".

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen.

Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump's actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved". "To destroy them would be a violation of law".

Under Senate rules, Republicans could confirm an Federal Bureau of Investigation director with 51 votes.

Speaking on Fox News Saturday night, Trump was reticent amid the swelling political pressure.

"These press conferences are like the biggest thing on daytime television", Trump said.

Other executives who did dealings with Trump, the newspaper reports, "were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded".

Finding Mr Comey's replacement, however, is going to be a monumental struggle for President Trump, as the bipartisan nature that usually gets ugly during the nomination processes, could only get uglier and more toxic in the present political climate. "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally".

The timeline directly contradicted the White House's assertion that the president had acted exclusively based on the recommendations of Rosenstein and Sessions.

Moving onto a later interview with ABC, he added pointedly "the Russians have to consider [Comey's sacking] as another victory on the scoreboard for them". If the tapes exist, and he hands them in, perhaps they will do the talking, anyway.

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