Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

His personal attack on Comey seemed created to underline that the dismissal was about Comey's performance - and not a probe that has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office.

For months, Trump dismissed the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation was ultimately responsible for hacking into computer systems and email accounts associated with the Democratic Party, then leaking information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. The probe has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threatens to overwhelm his policy priorities.

The FBI has been in turmoil.

"He's a showboat. He's a grandstander", Trump told NBC News. And I know that conspiracy theories usually turn out to be wrong.

Trump's characterization was odds with that of the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on "Meet the Press" that Trump has is obligated "to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane".

President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of tweets Friday morning amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, defending the shifting narrative and timeline his administration has offered for the decision. Comey was heading up the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling and alleged ties to the Trump campaign, and he reportedly last week asked for more money to fund the investigation.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate.

This obvious attempt to intimidate Comey only strengthened the hand of those who are arguing that Trump's firing of the FBI head in the midst of an investigation into his own campaign constituted obstruction of justice, a potential ground for impeachment. "As far as I'm aware, he is fully cooperating", Lee told Fox, adding that Trump wants the investigation to proceed "wherever the facts may lead".

"We have not heard from former director Comey what his side of that story is and so I am not going to endorse the president's version of the truth", Racine said. That ran counter to previous administration explanations of Comey's dismissal, underlining the White House's difficulty in settling on a story. Trump, facing Democratic accusations that he fired Comey on Tuesday to hinder the FBI investigation into alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 US presidential election, said he would have taken the action even without a recommendation to do so by the two top US Justice Department officials. "If Comey went along with that, he acted inappropriately too, even though I doubt that is what happened". "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation". Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is asking House Speaker Paul Ryan to join in a call for Rosenstein to brief House members, as he will do for senators Thursday.

The comments mark the first time Johnson has spoken publicly about Comey's firing.

In the House of Representatives, Justin Amash, a Republican member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Twitter that he had signed onto Democratic-sponsored legislation calling for an independent, bipartisan commission to probe Russian meddling in last year's USA election campaign.

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Trump.

Trump, in his interview, also gave further details of his account that Comey had told him on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation matter. "Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said under oath this week, 'There's been no effort to impede our investigation to date.' I take him at his word". "You are not under investigation" does not mean "You will never be under investigation". McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

Given the partisan uproar over Comey's firing, Democrats seem unlikely to support any Federal Bureau of Investigation candidate put forward by Trump. McCabe sidestepped the question, saying he could not comment on an ongoing probe.

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