The top White House spokesman said President Donald Trump's provocative tweet about possible "tapes" of his conversations with James Comey wasn't a threat directed at the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and he declined to say whether any recordings actually exist.
The White House on Tuesday said Mr. Comey was sacked over his handling of the federal investigation involving Mr. Trump's former rival, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and her use of a private email server while secretary of state. "Number two, I don't know how that got there, because I didn't ask that question". "And that's what we want for the FBI", Trump said.
In other developments, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Tuesday wrote the letter that provided the basis for the Justice Department recommendation to fire Mr. Comey, agreed Friday to provide a briefing to the entire U.S. Senate.
The president is considering 11 people to replace Mr Comey, a White House official said. The president, a devoted viewer of coverage about himself, has given several interviews, most recently to NBC News' Lester Holt on Thursday, although he has favored Fox News' friendlier venue. He also said he has "a hard time believing" Comey would ever have given Trump assurances that he was not being investigated, as Trump has claimed.
"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said, adding a list of well-known figures are being considered.
Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former state attorney general.
Trump taped phone calls at NYC office before presidency
Additionally, the New York Times reported Thursday that during that dinner, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty. The tweet came the morning after Trump asserted Comey had told him three times he wasn't under FBI investigation.
Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba. She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated former US President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal.
The FBI has never had a female director.
Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association.
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. Trump tweeted on Friday.
So far 14 people have emerged as candidates. He spoke during a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House.
Conspicuously ousted FBI Director James Comey has yet to comment on his sudden dismissal by the President, but he'd apparently be happy to chat with some senators as long as it's out in the open.
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