Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Possible On New FBI Director

Trump said in the NBC interview, "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey".

The president repeatedly has said allegations of collusion with Russian Federation was fabricated by Democrats as an excuse for Clinton losing the election.

As they ate, the president and Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Trump's rallies. "There's nothing further to add on that", he said.

Sanders attributed the disconnect in the week's explanations to the fact that she had not directly asked Trump when he'd made the decision to fire Comey until shortly before Thursday's press briefing. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said before taking off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, and former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers also met with Justice officials.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, went further on Friday and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should appoint an independent special prosecutor to pursue possible criminal charges related to Comey's firing, although he did not specify if he meant such charges should be against Trump.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority. He later elaborated those conversations took place twice in phone calls and once at a private dinner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Spicer declined to answer repeated questions from reporters about whether Trump tapes his phone calls or conversations with others - or whether there were recording devices in the room during the meeting with Comey. "I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey", Clapper told MSNBC, adding it would have been "out of character for him to ask to stay on".

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These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely-disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton a year ago.

Spicer said Tuesday that the bureau chief was sacked following "the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general".

The FBI has never had a female director, according to the AP.

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, noting that it is not required in NY for both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded. Later in the dinner, Trump again said to Comey that he needed his loyalty.

Rosenstein's memo on Tuesday laid out the case against Comey but stopped short of recommending that he be fired.

The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe. Multiple officials, including Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a US compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But McCabe characterized the investigation as "highly significant" and assured senators that Comey's firing would not hinder it.

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