"Jim Comey deserves his chance to lay out to the American public his side of the facts". Some people under consideration include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia and former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, according to a White House official. The move prompted an uproar among Democrats and some Republicans because Comey's agency is leading an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in that country's attempts to interfere with the USA presidential election previous year.
Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said. The same way I called for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself in a March 2 letter, I am calling for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to delegate authority to the most senior career Department of Justice official to appoint a Special Counsel.
Citing Russian influence in the USA election, Clapper told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that outside forces were responsible for weakening the US government. "Now he seems to be violating that recusal".
On Fox, Warner said it was "inappropriate" for Sessions to participate in the interviews. He can hire and fire whoever he wants, " she said on ABC's "This Week".
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.
"We already know that there are those close to Comey who have a very different take, also a troubling take on that dinner conversation".
In the Thursday interview, Trump said he supported an investigation into Russia's meddling of the election, saying, "If Russia or anyone else is trying to interfere with our elections, I think it's a frightful thing and I want to get to the bottom of it, and I want to make sure it will never, ever happen". "And I feel as though it's under assault and eroding".
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.
Schiff said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the person chosen to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation must have "absolute" integrity and independence.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air".
Republicans control both chambers of the U.S. Congress. "The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said last Friday.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says the United States' political institutions are now "under assault" both externally and internally, in the wake of President Donald Trump's firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey.
"First of all, we have to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said.
Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland - the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court a year ago by President Barack Obama. Graham said that if Trump has any tapes of conversations with Comey, "they have to be turned over. You can't be cute about tapes".