Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Trump says possible to pick new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by next week

Herman Weaver | 16 May, 2017, 11:43

"Internally from the president?" he was asked.

Warner said he would "absolutely" want the Senate to subpoena the White House to produce any recordings made by the Trump administration that are relevant to the Comey firing or the Russian Federation matter.

He argued that Comey's removal is an assault on a system of checks and balances that is core to American democracy.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer still won't say whether or not President Donald Trump is secretly recording his conversations. The six known candidates are among dozens of people that Trump is considering. Rogers is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who also worked as an Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s. Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. Asked whether it was the right time to have someone such as Rogers or Cornyn, Graham flatly said, "no".

Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates on Saturday to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

Republicans control both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

He then introduced his two guests for the morning: Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, co-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating possible links between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, and Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee who has always been critical of Trump. If the current administration did make tapes, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer told CNN on Sunday, "the president should turn them over immediately, of course". "I think the Senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea", Holmes said. If these were the reasons for Comey's dismissal, President Trump could have relieved him of his duties as early as January 20, or at any time over the last three months. Almost two thirds of Republicans said they believed the Trump administration's (first) stated rationale for firing Comey that it was in response to the way the FBI director had mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday. Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president's action.

So far 14 people - politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

Merkron? France's Macron seeks close ties with Germany to shore up EU
Europe's "Franco-German motor" has often worked best in the past when leaders of opposite political persuasions have been in power.


Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Receives Buy Rating from Oppenheimer Holdings Inc
The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link . Finally, CAM Group Holding A S bought a new stake in shares of Amazon.com during the third quarter valued at $244,252,000.


France's new PM Philippe takes office
Alexis Kohler, Mr Macron's new general secretary at the presidential Elysee Palace, made the announcement on Monday. The leader of the far-left movement La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), Jean-Luc Melenchon, criticised Mr.


Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, at first saying he accepted recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that he be ousted because of the role he played previous year in the investigation into Trump's presidential election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the way she handled national security material on her private email server.

The first person to be interviewed for the position was Alice Fisher, who served as assistant attorney general for the criminal division during the George W. Bush administration.

Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.

US media quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that 11 candidates are being considered, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Also meeting with Sessions and Rosenstein Saturday is Judge Michael Garcia, an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

-Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Mr Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Mr Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election. Conway said that the president had been thinking about firing Comey "for a while" and that decision was hastened when Trump received a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

If anyone attempts to interfere with or block the investigation, Schumer said, "you need somebody who is going to stand up".

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