On March 20, 2017, FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, saying: "I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".
Last week, President Trump tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said. When Spicer was asked if administration officials and other lawmakers had anything to worry about when having conversations with the president, he offered up a similar response.
Schiff said that what disturbed him most about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensetin's memo, suggesting to terminate Comey, was the fact it was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rogers, a former FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a critic of Trump in the past, said Comey's firing "exacerbates the erosion of trust" in public institutions.
Spicer pointed out that two Senate committees and the FBI are already conducting their own Russian Federation investigations, and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has made it clear that the bureau has the necessary personnel and resources to handle the probe.
Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, at first saying he accepted recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that he be ousted because of the role he played a year ago in the investigation into Trump's presidential election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the way she handled national security material on her private email server.
"I think the process is going to move quickly because nearly all of them are very well-known, they've been vetted over their lifetime essentially", he said.
He increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesman and has even floated the idea of ending press briefings entirely in a move that has anxious even Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, usually a vocal supporter of the president.
They are among more than a dozen candidates Mr Trump is considering, a group that includes several politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials.
Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office. -Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's appeals court -Sen.
-Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. An association representing Federal Bureau of Investigation agents has endorsed former Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican who was once an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.
Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election.
Clapper and Schumer made their comments on CNN's "State of the Union"; Graham spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press"; and Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week" and "Fox News Sunday".