Comey not anxious about possible Trump tapes
Former FBI director James Comey is willing to testify before the Senate, but he will only do so in public, a close associate told The New York Times.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, interviewed several candidates for the interim position on Wednesday, including Lee, who is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond, Va., office.
But about 11 people in all are being considered, USA media report. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said President Donald Trump should “back off” and stop tweeting or comment about the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
Still, Trump’s linking of the firing of Comey and the Russian probe underlines the importance of ensuring a thorough and credible investigation.
“President Trump’s statements, together with the reported statements of other senior officials, indicate that the decision to fire Director Comey was made in connection [to that inquiry]”, CREW wrote in a letter to Rosenstein.
Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the US Justice Department’s Criminal Division. She now works at a law firm.
Trump then defended both deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as “a lovely young woman”, who had substituted for Spicer during the briefings on Wednesday and Thursday, when he was serving duty with the Navy Reserve, and calling Spicer “a wonderful human being” and “a nice man”.
“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have clouded Trump’s presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.
President Trump has previously told NBC News that Mr Comey requested the one-on-one dinner, but the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director reportedly maintains it was the president who invited him.
“I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate”.
If Trump did order a recording system installed in the Oval Office – or elsewhere in the White House – it would be the first of its kind since President Richard Nixon.