Comey told a House committee in March that his investigators were looking into possible illegal "coordination" between the Trump campaign and Russians.
Trump recently signaled, again, that he remains unconvinced that Russian Federation was behind the hack of the 2016 election and release of tens of thousands of emails that damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign. "I think President Trump inadvertently laid a solid basis for an obstruction of justice count in a bill of impeachment with his fateful Lester Holt interview".
"Internally from the President?" pressed Tapper.
"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said.
The country's delicate checks and balances are "under assault" by President Trump, James Clapper warned Jake Tapper on Sunday.
"They feel pretty good overall because that's a further sign that our political system is in a real crisis", said Eugene Rumer, a former State Department official who served as the top intelligence officer on Russian Federation issues from 2010-14.
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump wrote, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" 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". John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".
"Absolutely", the Senate Intelligence Committee vice chair responded.
"It's always going to be contentious", Gates said.
"I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the Committee", Burr said in a statement.
Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland - the federal judge nominated for Supreme Court justice past year by President Barack Obama. "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said. "I'm moving on", Spicer said.
The FBI has never had a female director.
The decision is subject to confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans have a majority. When the opposite occurred, Trump grew incensed both at Democrats and his own communications staff for not quickly lining up more Republicans to defend him on television. Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes. "I accepted the recommendation to fire him, '" Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Wednesday.
"I don't think that's a good idea", Ryan said on Fox News last week when asked about the idea.
On Friday, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, a leading Democrat, suggested that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoint an independent prosecutor to pursue potential criminal charges over Trump's decision to fire Comey. "Mr. Trump, he told two people close to him, had ordered him to do it - but placed the blame on Mr. Lewandowski when reporters complained about it", the Times said.
The Washington Post reports that Trump made his comments after the reasons he gave for firing FBI Director James Comey during an NBC interview on Thursday were directly contradicted by statements made by others in the White House including Vice President Mike Pence, meaning the various explanations were at best misleading, and at worst, flat out lies. Speaking in Boston, Comey was confident he would serve his full 10-year term.
So far 14 people have emerged as candidates.
The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.
Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office. They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.
-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.
"Trump is putting a lot on the backs of his spokespeople, while simultaneously cutting their legs out from underneath them", said Alex Conant - a GOP strategist and a former adviser to Sen. 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.