Trump says wants to move quickly to nominate new FBI director

Geneva Matthews
May 15, 2017

"Regardless of (the) recommendation, I was going to fire Comey", U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday, directly contradicting the official White House rationale for the firing in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC.

The silence from the Republican leadership in the face of Trump's appalling affront to the Constitution is rank hypocrisy compared to their high-pitched howling over former president Bill Clinton's impromptu tarmac meeting in Phoenix last June with then-attorney general Loretta Lynch when the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's emails. Trump said Comey told him he was not under investigation. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity.

Warner, who is leading the Senate's investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere in the United States presidential election along with Sen.

They denied it had anything to do with the FBI investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"The president was presented with a pretty clear and direct and very strong recommendation by the Deputy Attorney General... the deputy made the recommendation, the president made a swift and decisive action and let Comey go".

Trump also reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign were "fabricated".

Trump's recent comments have also prompted fresh accusations of interference with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe also pledged that he would inform the panel of any effort by the White House or others to interfere with the agency's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen".

Mr. Trump later said he had decided previously to fire Mr. Comey. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".

In one of the more dramatic exchanges, he was asked whether the investigation was â as White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained Wednesday â a small investigation in relation to the other work the FBI is conducting. But the New York Times hears word that it wasn't testifying that Comey objected to, but rather that he wants his testimony to be open to the public.

"I didn't ask that question directly, 'had you already made that decision, '" Sanders said at Thursday's press briefing.

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