Donald Trump Threatens James Comey, Implies He Taped Conversations


U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director could be named in the next week.

But in a poll conducted last month, Republicans were far more opposed to hypothetically removing Comey, while Democrats were slightly more open to the possibility. Officials had assumed the move would be a "win-win" and would not cause a "political explosion", as both Republicans and Democrats have publicly criticized Comey, according to reports from Politico and CNN's Dana Bash.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. He appeared to contradict the White House this week when he described the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the United States election as "a highly significant investigation". No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

Almost a dozen people are being considered, including attorneys, law enforcement officials and legislators.

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Trump's announcement that a decision could be made before then comes as the Department of Justice is reportedly interviewing four candidates for the position on Saturday.

Two White House officials said some of Trump's frustration centres on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey's firing.

- Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division.

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told senators Thursday, "I strongly believe that the Russian investigation is adequately resourced".

- Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. It must be clear that Rosenstein will have final say on the FBI's Russian Federation inquiries.

At Liberty, Trump peppered his remarks with the kind of anti-establishment rhetoric that fueled his maverick presidential campaign, telling graduates to challenge "entrenched interests". White-collar defense attorney Alice Fisher interviewed for about 90 minutes with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

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