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Trump Downplays Comey Controversy, Says Search for New FBI Director 'Moving Rapidly'

17 Mai 2017

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone's convinced his presidential campaign and Russian Federation did not collude before the election.

"The president has every right to fire a person because he believed Director Comey lacked the judgment and the decision-making skills and wasn't up to the job", White House ppess secretary Sean Spicer said at his daily briefing.

The demands, if not met, could lead to turbulence when Trump eventually names a nominee to replace Comey.

"I hope that senators from both sides of the aisle will use this opportunity to seek the full truth regarding Director Comey's firing, to press the Deputy Attorney General to make way for a special prosecutor, and to ensure the administration will preserve and make public any audio recordings of conversations between the President and the former director", Schumer said in a statement on Monday. Those calls have only mounted since Trump cited concerns about the Russian Federation investigation in an NBC interview discussing his decision to remove Comey.

"I was very clear".

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Susan Collins, R-Maine, called for an immediate briefing for the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member. President Trump shared intelligence from Israel in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a report says.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer described it as a selfless act. He spoke during a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House.

President Trump said he didn't ask Comey for his loyalty and has no idea how it got into the news.

Last year, though, Cornyn said an independent prosecutor was necessary to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton and her email practices. "Why would he want to decrease the credibility-which is already in question-of this White House".

At least a dozen different names are being mentioned in U.S. media as candidates to replace Comey. They also were put off by an ominous tweet by the president that said the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation leader had better hope there were no "tapes" of their conversations.

"If there are any tapes, they have to be turned over", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday.

Trump Downplays Comey Controversy, Says Search for New FBI Director 'Moving Rapidly'