Trump say it's possible he could pick Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

And they're not wasting time. Now the FBI's investigation is tainted, too, as Comey's replacement will be named by the president whose associates are under investigation.

The public very much disagrees, according to new numbers from an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there's no exoneration to be found.

Comey had wisely briefed members of Congress in the past week, telling them of his request to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, for more agents to conduct a much broader investigation. The investigation is overseen by Dana Boente, the United States attorney in Alexandria, Va., who now also serves as the head of national security prosecutions at Justice Department headquarters.

Among those interviewed was McCabe, though it's not clear how seriously he's being considered.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

According to a New York Times report, Trump had asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him, a request that would undermine the standing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as an independent law enforcer. Thompson also served as US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and held several high-level positions at PepsiCo.

Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association.

In the meantime, the White House has made no complaints about Shcherbak's work. That's not idle bragging or exaggeration on Trump's part, either ― Spicer's briefings, notorious for their awkwardness, combativeness, and a slew of false and misleading statements, have drawn more viewers that some daytime TV shows.

In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterized as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice". John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general; and U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

The person he selects will ultimately be responsible for the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings.

If you've gotten comfortable watching the White House press briefings as run by Press Secretary Sean Spicer ― as comfortable as one can be watching such things ― then there's a chance you'll be in for a surprise in the days or weeks to come.

Asked if there will be a decision before the start of the president's foreign trip on May 19, he said, "Even that is possible". Graham said under the circumstances he wouldn't be able to support his colleague Sen. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Mr Trump, former House representative Mike Rogers of MI and senator John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

Some House Republicans, who technically have no role in the pick, have spoken out about the need for non-partisanship and independence. Schumer asked for answers to the questions by Monday.

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