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Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

President Donald Trump said Saturday (May 13) that "we can make a fast decision" on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office.

"That was a DOJ decision", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, laying the impetus for the memo building the case for Comey's firing on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.

"I don't think that's up to Sen".

"That is possible", said Trump, who is giving a commencement speech at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people".

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

For a president whose tweets frequently rattle Washington - and foreign capitals - Trump's message early Friday morning was particularly jarring: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president wrote.

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

President Donald Trump railed against the "fake media" in a series of Twitter postings early on Friday, going as far as threatening to cancel daily news briefings at the White House. John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Saturday Night Live likely will spoof Spicer in its cold open, around 11:45 p.m. ET this weekend.) Actress Melissa McCarthy is expected to portray him once again after popular past impressions. That's according to two people familiar with the search process who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.

Wednesday: "He did have a conversation with the deputy attorney general on Monday where they had come to him to express their concerns".

"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee.

Garcia served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and United States attorney under former president George W. Bush. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba.

The president is also facing criticism after acknowledging in the NBC interview on Thursday that he repeatedly asked Comey whether he was under investigation.


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