Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

Fisher is one of almost a dozen candidates President Donald Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey.

"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", Graham said, adding, "I have no evidence the president colluded with the Russians at all, but we don't know all the evidence yet".

Warner also said he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee.

Trump leaves Friday for his first foreign trip as president.

He made the comments during a flight to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he delivered his first commencement address as president to graduates of Liberty University.

Comey had already been invited to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday about his firing a week ago, but he declined the invitation.

March 8, 2017: During a cybersecurity conference at Boston College, Comey says he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, quipping, "You're stuck with me for another 6½ years".

So far 14 people have emerged as candidates.

The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander", added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president.

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

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These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.

Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide, noting that it is not required in NY for both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded.

-Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general.

Also interviewing Saturday were Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

USA media quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that 11 candidates are being considered, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice.

"Never before has it been clearer that the integrity of our democracy depends on an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our election and a special prosecutor at the Department of Justice to follow an investigation to wherever and whomever it leads", he said in a statement. Some lawmakers have alleged the firing was an effort to stifle that Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

It'd be unusual for the White House to elevate an FBI agent to the role of director, and McCabe during a Senate hearing last week broke with the White House's explanations for Comey's firing and its dismissive characterization of the Russian Federation investigation. "And today's actions have everything to do with what Mr. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general [recommended.]" Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated the same thing Wednesday. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the choice should be "certainly somebody not of a partisan background, certainly somebody of great experience and certainly somebody of courage".

  • Sonia Alvarado