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Former intelligence chief, others dispute Trump account of meeting with Comey

20 Mai 2017

The standoff between President Donald Trump and his former FBI director intensified Tuesday with the news of James Comey's memo saying that Trump asked him to shut down the agency's investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump also said "Even that is possible". Insiders say Trump is looking at around a dozen candidates, four of which will be interviewed at the Justice Department Saturday. They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. "I think it's a good idea", Trump told Fox News in an interview.

"I guess I was a little bit surprised, because all of the Democrats, I mean, they hated Jim Comey", Trump said. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people". "It is essential that we find new leadership for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission", Trump states in a letter addressed to Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to brief the full Senate next week on the firing of FBI Director James Comey, a spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Friday. She left after about an hour and a half inside the building and declined to comment to reporters.

Trump's remark on social media came just hours after The New York Times published an account of a dinner he shared with Comey a week after he was sworn in.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

Fisher headed the Justice Department's criminal division, also under Bush. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY.

More Republicans back probe of Trump-Russia ties
Likely aware of this danger, White House staff quickly alerted the CIA and National Security Agency about Trump's comments. About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation.

Sanders was not the only communications team member struggling to defend Trump.

President Donald Trump has said that it is a "good idea" to abolish daily White House briefing, a viewpoint which has been opposed by the White House Correspondents' Association.

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015.

"We have a mutual understanding with the United States regarding this issue". He originally endorsed Florida Sen.

With Trump's approval ratings already at record lows for a president at this early point in his term, public opinion will be an important factor. -Former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Then again, he added, the many contradictory statements by Trump and top officials may have served to "muddy the waters" enough that it is impossible to determine his actual intent.

During a Thursday interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump said he made the decision to fire Comey on his own, and that he would have done it regardless of what Rosenstein recommended, adding that he had been thinking of "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" when he came to his decision to fire Comey.

Former intelligence chief, others dispute Trump account of meeting with Comey