The 11 candidates Trump is considering for Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Alvin Kelly
May 18, 2017

The dinner came in the early days of Trump's administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Trump's campaign. In explaining the firing, the president told NBC News he considered Comey a "showboat".

Reacting to President Donald Trump's latest Twitter barrage, Rep. Adam Schiff demanded Friday during a visit to Los Angeles City Hall that Trump turn over to Congress any secretly recorded conversations with the recently fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on "Meet the Press" that Trump has is obligated "to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane".

"It's not a matter of resources but independence", said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private.

McCain believes the investigation will proceed because there are so many questions to be answered, including testimony from Flynn who didn't last as long as Comey before he was terminated as national security head. He was appointed by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2012 to investigate World Cup bidding contests, then resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined comment.

Comey has not commented since he was sacked.

Republican leaders in Congress remain opposed to giving up partisan-tainted investigations into Trump aides' possible collusion with Russian Federation.

As has happened on previous occasions since Trump took office, different versions rapidly circulated of an event - in this case phone conversations between Comey and Trump and a dinner they had at the White House. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said.

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The next director will immediately be confronted with oversight of an FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an inquiry the bureau's acting head, Andrew McCabe, has called "highly significant".

Trump's 36 percent approval rating - according to a Quinnipiac University Poll - gives lawmakers in closely contested districts little incentive to stay on the Trump train.

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey.

Embattled White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday that Trump was "a little dismayed" by the negative media frenzy around his actions, adding: "The notion that there's collusion is a hoax".

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!", Trump wrote in a flurry of early-morning tweets.

".Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" Administration officials initially said Comey was terminated on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, but Trump contradicted that message himself on Thursday by saying that he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's opinion. "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.

The White House's explanations continued to crumble throughout the day Thursday.

Spicer, in fact, began on a wrong note in his very first press briefing when he termed Donald Trump's inauguration as the most watched of all US Presidential inaugurations so far. Eisen said Comey was a witness to "Trump's possible obstruction by demanding loyalty". 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.

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