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Trump seeks to quickly replace sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director

15 Mai 2017

Could Donald Trump's firing of James Comey lead to impeachment?

Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Mr Trump said: "Even that is possible". A little later, he said: "The tweet speaks for itself". An official familiar with the matter said that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors at some point.

After comments that the administration intends to move "very quickly" on the process, a reporter in the White House press pool asked the president if that could mean finding a permanent replacement to spearhead the agency by the end of the week. "No one from the White House".

Trump says Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said at a press briefing.

Trump told Fox News he would decide in "the next couple of weeks" whether the briefings would continue.

Sean Spicer under fire during crucial week for Trump
Corden joked that the Russians were surprised to hear the news, as they thought Trump was "the only plant in the White House". Turn the lights off! The Washington Post report further says that after the session, "Spicer walked with his head down".

Candidates for the top law enforcement post began arriving at the Justice Department on Saturday for interviews with Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But Trump contradicted that account in a sweeping interview with NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday, saying he would have fired Comey regardless of the Justice Department recommendation.

The president kept to an upbeat message and did not mention the fallout over Mr Comey's firing in his remarks. Rosenstein did not specifically recommend firing Comey in his memo.

Trump told Fox News he was surprised by the fierce reaction of Democrats. In a memo to Sessions, Rosenstein criticised Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State. "He made a recommendation, he's highly respected - very good guy, very smart guy".

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor. Fisher, who if nominated and confirmed would be the first woman to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, now works for a private law firm in Washington, D.C. Garcia, a George W. Bush-nominated former U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District and a Governor Cuomo-nominated associate judge on the New York State Court of Appeals, also has experience in the upper ranks of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department last month requested former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's banking records, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Trump seeks to quickly replace sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director