President Donald Trump's now infamous Friday morning tweet - which, in case you forgot, entailed him warning former FBI Director James Comey that he "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press" - may have already come back to bite him.
Mr Trump has said that Mr Comey has told him three times that he was not a target of the FBI inquiry, comments that have raised accusations among opponents that the president was interfering in the investigation.
The twitter storm comes a day after Trump gave an interview with NBC News in which his account of the firing of FBI Director James Comey differed from what his press staff had been telling reporters.
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe, ' host Joe Scarborough cited an anonymous allegation from this New York Times story stating FBI director James Comey on Monda met with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, two days before he was sacked, to ask for additional resources for the FBI's Russian Federation election interference investigation. He also pushed his stale argument that the investigation into questions of collusion between Russian meddlers and his presidential campaign is nothing more than a Democratic fabrication to explain away how that party lost the election. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, who is under consideration.
Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.
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"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" wrote Trump, referring to aides' claims that he took action on Comey based on the recommendation of Department of Justice officials.
The NBC News/Survey Monkey poll found that 54 percent of Americans said the action was inappropriate while 38 percent said it was appropriate.
Trump said an agreement struck with China will allow the U.S.to sell its beef and other major products to that country once again. At a one-on-one dinner at the White House in January, Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and Comey declined, instead offering to be honest with him, according to the person, who requested anonymity to discuss private conservations.
"But I don't think it would be a bad question to ask". Garland never got a hearing due to Republican obstruction, and the high court vacancy was filled last month by Neil Gorsuch. But he wound up creating new headaches for the White House, including with an apparent threat to Comey.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director should certainly be someone "not of partisan background" with "great experience" and "courage".
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The candidates who were interviewed Saturday are among a almost a dozen being considered, the AP reported.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, told MSNBC that Congress would want to look at the tapes, if they exist.
Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.
The FBI in particular has jealously guarded its independence, a principle embodied by the 10-year term for its director that's supposed to insulate the agency from presidential meddling. Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
DOJ Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said since then that this claim is "totally false".
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