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Trump eyes 'fast decision' on Federal Bureau of Investigation director as interviews begin

14 May 2017

Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.

"And I think that's where there's a lot of dismay and I don't think it's something that's just alone the President feels". "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was giving the commencement address at Liberty University. "But very well known, highly respected, really talented people and that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The president also got in on the act of contradicting his own communications team's messaging, telling NBC News that had already made a decision to dismiss Comey when he met on Monday with the top two officials from the Justice Department.

They may also speak to at least one more candidate: Adam Lee, who heads the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, according to Fox News.

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"There was no evidence that rose to that level, at that time, that found its way in to the intelligence community assessment, which we had pretty high confidence in", the former director of national intelligence said of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russians, referring also to the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia tried to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump.

US District Judge Henry Hudson, a George W Bush appointee who struck down the centrepiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010, is also vying for the role.

Another rumored candidate, former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, picked up the endorsement Saturday of the FBI Agents Association, the union representing active and retired agents.

Ms Fisher and Ms Townsend were the only women on the list of candidates. Particularly eyebrow-raising was Trump's assertion that he had received three separate assurances from the FBI director that he is not now under investigation by the bureau. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba. The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and that Comey refused.

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Like many administrations, the relationship between Trump and the press has been tense. "I'm not saying it any way", Trump said. He raised the prospect that White House stonewalling on a special prosecutor could trigger a drastic congressional response.

He also led the FBI's global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

Trump said in his brief statement about firing Comey on Tuesday that the FBI chief had told him three times that he was not under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

Michael Garcia, the Manhattan U.S. attorney whose investigation brought down Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a 2008 prostitution scandal, was among the potential nominees expected to meet with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Saturday afternoon. "So we can make a fast decision".

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