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Donald Trump considering 11 candidates to replace former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey
19 May 2017, 10:21 | Darnell Patrick
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Two new names, however, emerged on Saturday: FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson.
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump said in a string of Twitter posts.
"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times he wasn't under FBI investigation.
Other candidates include former NY police commissioner Raymond Kelly, former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte, and South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy. Lindsey Graham, is one of the Republicans who has called for a special prosecutor.
President Trump said his administration may be able to "make a fast decision" on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director as candidates began arriving at the Department of Justice Saturday morning for interviews.
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".
That was the last straw for the White House.
Take the polling, Trump's erratic behavior and growing concerns about what it all might mean for the 2018 midterms and you are likely to find a lot of jumpy Republicans on Capitol Hill this week.
"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe. Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey. "Then that would have been the big story as opposed to the inauguration", Trump said.
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Philippe's appointment ticks several boxes for the 39-year-old Macron, France's youngest president, who took power on Sunday. Gerard Collomb has been a prominent Socialist since becoming mayor of Lyon, France's third biggest city, in 2001.
But Comey has resisted such pressure - described as "very aggressive" - making it clear that questions about Russia's meddling in the US election, and coziness with Trump associates, were a much higher priority.
Pressed by Pirro on whether he asked Comey for his loyalty, Trump responded: "No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask".
He tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"
"We don't have press conferences", Trump said.
Trump is mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News, according to one White House official.
WikiLeaks is offering $100,000 for the alleged "Comey tapes" - the recordings that Donald Trump has hinted he might have of his January dinner with now-fired FBI Director James Comey. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.
After firing Comey, the White House said it was based on a damning assessment of his handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails. "The first target will be the leak investigation, and then, long term, if Donald Trump appoints some crony, that could make the whole Russian Federation investigation go away".
"That surprised me, that a guy as highly prized as Rosenstein, on the basis of legal talent, professionalism in the department, would pull things out of a newspaper and quote them, in terms of somebody else's opinion of Comey", Feinstein said.
Trump also discussed his dissatisfaction with the media and suggested for a second time that he might cancel the daily White House press briefings in favor of biweekly press conferences where he would answer questions himself.
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Manning was acquitted of "aiding the enemy" by a military judge, but was convicted on several violations of the Espionage Act. Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence set off harsh criticism from some Republicans and intelligence officials.
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Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Trump administration understood Turkey's position against the YPG. The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen.
France's Macron got 10m more votes than Le Pen in election
He disagrees with the idea Mr Macron won by default, and says he can now go on to win a majority in the legislative assembly. Macron won with between 65 and 66 per cent of the vote, projections published by multiple French media showed.
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