"The American public is getting mildly nauseous listening to James Comey", former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Tuesday morning, via Twitter. Mark Warner, D-Va., top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the insinuation "outrageous" during his appearance on "Fox News Sunday".
He has been especially critical of Mr. Spicer, they said, openly musing about replacing him and telling people in his circle that he kept his own press secretary out of the loop in dismissing Mr. Comey until the last possible moment because he feared that the communications staff would leak the news...
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. "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said. Initially, they said that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe and was based entirely upon the recommendation of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and attorney general Jeff Sessions.
"He didn't tell the truth about meeting with the Russians, so he recused himself", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said of Sessions on CNN's "State of the Union". "Now he seems to be violating that recusal".
Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington. Spicer simply reiterated that Trump had made his position clear. "I can't say", he said. ("It's not that we don't know what the president wants to say", said one staffer to the Beast, "it's that the president doesn't know what the president wants to say.") The AP claims Spicer and his staff had all of one hour's notice before the axe fell on Comey. And in fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.
The next day, however, Trump said he had been considering firing Comey for a while, and that Rosenstein's memo had sealed the deal.
"We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust", Sasse said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Representative Mike Rogers of MI and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".
They are acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and GOP Sen.
Neither side will comment on whether President Trump discussed the Justice Department's profound concerns about his national security adviser during a private dinner in January with FBI Director James Comey at the White House.
Any recordings, Hughes added, would be "evidence related to a criminal investigation and therefore they can be subpoenaed, either by Congress, or by a prosecutor, or special prosecutor if one is appointed, and Trump has to turn them over, as the Supreme Court ruled way back in 1974".
At least eight candidates have been interviewed for the post, which was vacated when Trump fired Comey last week.
Comey told associates he declined the president's loyalty request, saying instead he would always be honest. I won't talk about that. To be sure, many of my colleagues and I were troubled by Mr. Comey's handling of that matter.