Monday, 19 November, 2018

Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'
Johnnie Parks | 24 May, 2017, 07:02

Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One that he may be able to make his decision on the Federal Bureau of Investigation head before he leaves in his first foreign trip later next week.

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. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Reporting based on extensive White House sources indicates Trump actually fired Comey because he was becoming increasingly enraged with the Russian Federation investigation, at times yelling at television coverage of the probe, and complaining that no-one was defending him.

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director could be in place within days.

-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether to withhold their votes, but added that the issue is being looked at as a way to ensure there is a thorough investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Two new names, however, emerged on Saturday: FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson.

Another possible candidate, former MI congressman Mike Rogers, scored an endorsement Saturday from the FBI Agents Association, the union representing current and retired agents.

Michael Garcia, 55, served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USA attorney under former president George W. Bush.

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Weltman has had high-ranking executive jobs with Milwaukee and Denver and started his career with the Los Angeles Clippers . Bucks general manager John Hammond is leaving the team to take the same position with the Orlando Magic .


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"I expect nothing short of someone beyond reproach and (it) will be exactly what the country needs", said Warner, a Trump delegate at last year's party convention.

Spicer also denied that Trump was trying to warn Comey to stay silent about the circumstances surrounding his firing, The Hill reports.

That means it's illegal to destroy presidential recordings and they could be subpoenaed by, say, Congress - which is part of the reason why no president since Nixon has installed recording devices in the Oval Office. In his testimony he defended his former boss, contradicting assertions by administration officials and Trump that Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file.

Defence lawyer Alice Fisher was the first candidate interviewed at the justice department, United States media report.

"To preserve his reputation as a credible prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must appoint an independent special prosecutor to pursue possible criminal charges", Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said in a statement. Two of the names (John Cornyn and Trey Gowdy) now serve in Congress; one (Suther) is the current mayor of Colorado Springs and; one (Rogers) is a former member of Congress.

Many Republicans are eying the 2018 midterm elections, which will put control of the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate up for grabs. If Trey Gowdy becomes FBI Director on a 51-49 vote, let us all do not forget to thank Harry Reid.

He served as Texas attorney general before his election to the Senate in 2002.

One law enforcement source said Comey's actions were sometimes the subject of debate among agents, but most respected him as a leader and believed that "his decisions were made with good intentions". 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".

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