Trump Says it's Possible he Could Pick FBI Head by Next Week

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey this week was one thing.

Democrats accused him of interfering with the FBI's probe into Trump campaign links to Russian Federation campaign interference, doubling down on calls for a special counsel to investigate.

Spicer was back to answering questions Friday about Comey's firing. Another could look into President Barack Obama's attempt to sway an Israeli election.

"He's a showboat. He's a grandstander", Trump told NBC News. On the campaign trail, Trump often declared that Clinton should have been prosecuted - despite the FBI's findings that no charges were warranted. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media aboard Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, May 13, 2017. Fearful that his own team would leak the decision, Trump kept key staff in the dark as he pondered the dramatic move. Clinton said her campaign was on track to win the election until Comey sent the letter to Congress on October 28.

"I'm not saying it any way", Trump said.

One veteran Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor said that although he found Comey to be well-liked and respected by most agents, there was also growing concern that his actions, "right or wrong", resulted in an unwanted focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent months. His dismissal of a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, who subpoenaed the White House for the president's tapes marked the beginning of the end of his presidency.

February 14, 2017: Comey speaks with Trump in the Oval Office a day after Flynn is ousted.

All along, his spokesmen have maintained that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation that was being overseen by Comey. The existence of the memo, which was seen by Comey associates, becomes public on May 16.

Two people familiar with the process say others set to be interviewed include Alice Fisher, who formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division during President George W. Bush's second term.

A Comey associate has disputed that account. Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control". Comey will apparently testify if the hearing is public.

May 2, 2017: Clinton again lays part of the blame for losing the election on Comey's October 28 letter. "Another president, I won't use names, but another president doesn't do what I'm doing". Comey also says it made him feel "mildly nauseous" to think his actions in October might have influenced the election outcome. "We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it". Comey had told Congress that Abedin had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified information.

After Trump made a decision to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news, given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat past year. He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.

Trump is considering 11 people to replace Comey, a White House official said.

CNN reported Friday that Rosenstein does not believe it is necessary to recuse himself from the investigation, which is now being led by Dana Boente, the US attorney in Alexandria, Va., who also heads national security prosecutions at the Justice Department. Tim Kaine of Virginia is suspicious of the motivation behind Comey's firing.

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