Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Trump's frustrations are boiling over after Comey dismissal

President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director said Friday Comey 'better hope' there are no tapes of talks, says Trump
Melinda Barton | 19 May, 2017, 05:22

"I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all", Comey told former colleagues in a letter he delivered. When he did all of that stuff, it was disgraceful when he's covering everything point after point. "Guilty. Guilty. Then he gets to the end and he says she's free as a bird".

The Trump administration offered conflicting reasons for the dismissal, and on Thursday, Trump contradicted the White House's original announcement that Trump made a decision to fire Comey this week on recommendations from his attorney general and deputy attorney general. "He should have never exonerated her".

Regardless, Trump seems to be considering a sweeping shakeup of his West Wing staff in the wake of the media firestorm that followed his abrupt decision to fire Comey - the man who was overseeing an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

Watch above, via NBC News. The lawmakers called for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without any political background and said Trump would need to hand over to Congress any taped conversations with Comey, if they exist. "I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed".

Trump's statements raised even more questions about his decision to fire the FBI director who was running an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russians seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election. Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, although he has not yet accepted.

CNN said later that Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have of their conversations, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

When the White House's defense of the move failed to meet his ever-changing expectations, Trump tried to take over himself.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

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

- Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn, New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia and former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher will be interviewed on Saturday for the post, an administration official said.

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against USA installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the choice should be "certainly somebody not of a partisan background, certainly somebody of great experience and certainly somebody of courage".

At his Senate confirmation hearings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a staunch Trump supporter, failed to disclose campaign-trail meetings he had with a Russian ambassador.