Cornyn, Gowdy among candidates to replace Comey at Federal Bureau of Investigation

Posted May 15, 2017

In a fresh tweet, Trump made it seem if James Comey leaks any kind of information with regard to their conversation, he would produce tapes refuting Comey's claims. Trump did not mention Comey during his speech at Liberty University. "Who would ever set foot in the Oval Office again without insisting everyone strip down (to make sure they aren't wired)", Zelin said. Instead, Comey has recounted to others, he told Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense.

President Trump suggested Friday he was prepared to cancel the White House's daily press briefings unless he did them himself, and only if they occurred "every two weeks". But if Mr. Comey was investigating the president, that would be grounds to take the investigation away from him (or simply to fire him).

"I actually asked him, yes".

But he also said, "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".

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 lack of transparency has fuelled accusations that there might be some personal business reason for his campaign pledge to seek warmer ties with Putin if elected. "I'm not under investigation".

"It's in the interest of the American people, it's in the interest of Russian Federation and the rest of the world that we do something to see if we can not improve the relationship between the two greatest nuclear powers in the world", Tillerson said. The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

Trump's bareknuckle comments immediately fueled fresh comparisons between his administration and that of disgraced president Richard Nixon, who famously recorded his conversations - a fact that sped his downfall during the Watergate scandal. The FBI typically does not confirm their existence. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the United States election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. "I don't see it as a conflict of interest", Sanders said. The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the two top officials at the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", said Trump, before delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia. "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander".

Say, didn't Trump run on his ability to put together the most competent team possible? They said that Trump requested the meeting, not Comey.

Senator Mike Lee, a conservative Republican and also a member of the Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that it was "probably inevitable" that any tapes would have to be turned over.

There's a chance that Trump wouldn't be able to use Executive Privilege, though, says Schultz. "All of the agents involved in the investigation are still in their positions". John Cornyn, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, attorney Alice Fisher and judge Michael Garcia - have interviews scheduled Saturday.

Turns out we didn't have to imagine - as Comey publicly disclosed in March, the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation began last July.

McCabe gave no information on the status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, which dates back to July past year when the agency became aware of alleged Russian hacking of Democratic party computers and communications.

The White House also shifted its stance on whether Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked.