Trump hopeful as interviews continue for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Posted May 16, 2017

The former USA intelligence chief is warning that President Donald Trump is eroding the nation's system of checks and balances.

On Thursday, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt during an interview that he was going to fire Comey regardless of the DOJ's recommendations. The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

The career prosecutor was appointed by Trump in January and only confirmed by the Senate in late April.

Talk of overhauling the West Wing ratcheted up after the president last week fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Kremlin officials. Garcia was the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY from 2005-2008.

Schumer tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "the key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us".

While House and Senate leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell both predictably toed the party line this week as they always have, journalist Robert Costa reported many Republicans on Capitol Hill were complaining privately that Trump's actions had boxed them in.

TAPPER: Because he's firing the checks and balances? Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control".

CLAPPER: Well I think you know, the founding fathers a system of three coequal branches of government, and a built-in system of checks and balances, and I feel as though that's under assault and is eroding.

President Trump delivered his first commencement speech as Commander in Chief, speaking to graduates at Liberty University.

Graham says that means ruling out former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI or Sen.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who chaired the House Intelligence Committee while in Congress, also met with Sessions and Rosenstein.

Graham spoke Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press". They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

"There is no way to get at the story through talking to the White House press secretary or listening to the spin that is offered by officials who are willing to go on the record", she says.

Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office, was also interviewing Saturday afternoon.

So far 14 people have emerged as candidates. "Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI", Sessions' letter said. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Comey's ouster and its characterizations of the Russian Federation investigation.

Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer. "We will have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move, because who the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is, is related to who the special prosecutor is". "Mr. Trump, he told two people close to him, had ordered him to do it - but placed the blame on Mr. Lewandowski when reporters complained about it", the Times said.