Donald Trump ready to make 'fast decision' on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Donald Trump ready to make 'fast decision' on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, said Sunday that US institutions are "under assault" by President Trump as evidenced by Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey last week. Although only 29 percent of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, the number rises to 58 percent when only Republicans are taken into account, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

In his letter firing Comey, Trump cited a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Mr Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Mr Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election. Josh Holmes, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox that his old boss thinks the Garland idea is "terrific".

Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington. "And no one in the West Wing warned the president that interviews in the middle of it all might not be in his best interest".

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of attempting to thwart the FBI's probe and have called for some type of independent inquiry into the matter.

While Democrats have called for an independent special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation matter, most Republicans have said that is not necessary given the FBI probe and investigations in both the House and Senate.

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"There are a lot of Democrats who feel that way", Schumer said on CNN. "And that's what we want for the FBI", Trump said. Trump conducted a television interview with NBC's Lester Holt in which he said one of the reasons he fired the FBI chief was because Comey was too focused on investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation instead of the "real story" - leaks from the federal government to the media.

TODD: Let me put up that tweet where the president put the word tapes in quotes.so, we don't know quite what that means. but did - did you think that constituted a threat to Comey? The same day Comey was sacked, a grand jury issued the first subpoenas in that investigation, seeking business records of associates of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, CBS reported.

"We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust", Sasse said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey, a White House official said.

"The reason that's really interesting is because if there is a tape, and the conversation went anything like the president says it did, where they're talking about if he's under investigation Well, that tape, now that he's talked about it, is fair game for being subpoenaed". White House spokespeople later refused to say whether the president's conversations were in fact being secretly taped. "I have asked, others have asked, to make sure the tapes are preserved, if they exist". "You can't be cute about tapes".

Seeking to bolster Trump's case that he has had no concealed dealings with Russia, his lawyers said in a letter released by the White House on Friday that a review of Trump's tax returns from the past 10 years showed no income from Russian sources outside of a few exceptions, and indicated he did not owe money to Russian lenders. I won't talk about that.

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