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Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

Reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey tilts negative, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday has found.

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. "The president has nothing further to add on that", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday.

As Mr Trump works to fast-track Mr Comey's successor, lawmakers from both parties urged him to steer clear of any politicians for the job and said he must "clean up the mess that he mostly created".

"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said of the candidates before Air Force One took off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. That love fest ended in divorce last week when the president tweeted that "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" The firing drew a wave of criticism in large part because the FBI has been investigating whether election meddling by Russian Federation involved people in Trump's presidential campaign, and Trump said in an interview with NBC that the investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.

"I'm not aware of that being a standard practice", McCabe said of an FBI director hypothetically telling the president or anyone else if they're the target of an investigation. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48. The changing rationales the White House offered added an element of chaos to the president's action.

Federal Bureau of Investigation directors are presidential appointments, but their 10-year terms are meant to ensure they're above the political fray and not beholden to a particular party or leader. He said that while he received a scathing assessment of Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, that memo was not a catalyst for his dramatic decision as the White House had said earlier.

Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

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They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, noting that it is not required in NY for both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded.

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday.

-U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

-Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general.

Garcia, a former NY prosecutor, held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

Fisher and Townsend were the only women on the list of candidates.

Democrats will also try to use a procedural maneuver to force a vote on legislation calling for an independent commission to investigate Russian election interference, although they're unlikely to prevail. Multiple officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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