New FBI chief: 4 in the running

Speaking to NBC news President Trump said that the decision to fire the FBI Director was motivated by his handling of the Hillary Clinton case, for which he had publically praised James Comey during the campaign.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One before flying to southern Virginia, where he is set to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school.

Things got pretty testy Friday morning when Donald Trump threatened to end all daily White House press briefings because "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.

The White House on Friday denied that President Donald Trump threatened the former FBI Director James Comey who was sacked by him early this week. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people".

"The President needs to back off here and let the investigation go forward", Graham said.

They are acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and GOP Sen.

"Months ago, we called for a special counsel to conduct an unbiased investigation into the Trump-Russia affair", CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

"Well, that I can't talk about", Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account.

Trump is scheduled to leave for the kingdom on Friday 19 May.

The former FBI director had been leading the agency's investigation into the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.

James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

Burr said Tuesday he was "troubled" by the timing of Trump's firing of Comey.

Did Donald Trump tape James Comey, or vice versa?

Nearly half of those polled (46%) from May 11-13 said they believed the decision to dismiss Comey was motivated by how the FBI has dealt with the investigation into Russia's alleged involvement in the USA election.

When questioned about his feelings on the investigation into his campaign and its potential ties to Russia, Trump claimed he supported the probe.

Spicer said he wasn't aware of any audio recording of the January 27 dinner where Comey reportedly expressed interest in keeping his job and Trump said he asked and was assured he's not under FBI investigation.

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