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Trump Weighing 11 Candidates for FBI Post

19 May 2017

President Trump said Saturday that he is prepared to quickly decide a pick for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as the administration looked to move beyond the Washington hysteria over the firing of James B. Comey. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), said Tuesday he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination". In a New York Times story Thursday night, allies of Comey said the president had summoned him to the White House for dinner and demanded that he vow political loyalty - but was rebuffed.

Trump's shift in rationale came a day later when he spoke with NBC's Lester Holt.

The tweet was widely interpreted as a threat to Comey. Sen. "He'll do it when he wants to, just like he fired FBI Director Comey".

"In fact, when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story; it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", Trump said. "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey". Feinstein had already joined forces with the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, to call for a briefing on the Russian Federation investigation.

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White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has indicated the president isn't particularly anxious about the appearance that Trump's decision to fire Comey was an attempt to remove a check on his power and quell the escalating investigation into his campaign. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

The ousted director himself is said to be confident that his own version of events will come out, possibly in an appearance before Congress, according to an associate who has been in touch with him since his firing Tuesday.

"He tried to stay away from it", a former official, who worked closely with Comey and stays in touch with him, told NBC News. "Rosenstein contacted the president and said, 'Long-term, we've got to resolve this, ' and they did".

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Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Comey had angered Democrats over his handling of the probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Sean Spicer told reporters Friday that the president was "dismayed" that the focus was on the accuracy of the statements delivered by his spokesmen.

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