Just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

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.

Defence lawyer Alice Fisher was the first candidate interviewed at the justice department, U.S. media report. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

Thirty percent say Trump's decision to fire Comey has given them a less favorable impression of the president, versus only six percent who say they have a more favorable view; 61 percent maintain that the firing hasn't changed their opinion of Trump. James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said the Founding Fathers created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding".

President Donald Trump will read reports and recommendations from the interviews and then meet with a few leading candidates himself, the official said. Trump told reporters that "we could make a fast decision" because "almost all of them are very well known".

President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, two days before Comey was to testify before Warner's committee, citing frustrations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's conduct.

Michael Dubke, director of White House communications, told the Washington Post that "a great many" West Wing staffers were surprised that "as soon as [Comey's firing] became a Trump decision, all of the Democrats who had always been calling for Comey's ouster decided that this was now an bad decision".

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Other Trump allies say the President would benefit from getting outside Washington and travelling the country to talk about tax reform, trade and other policy initiatives, rather than seething at cable news and tweeting about what he watches. They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. "But we have to remember, he can hire and fire anybody else that he wants to do", she said on "This Week".

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday.

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

"This is a man who campaigned day after day after day on the argument that (former President) Bill Clinton met with the sitting Attorney General during the pendency of an investigation", Bharara said, referring to the controversial meeting in Phoenix between Clinton and Loretta Lynch.

All three former employees chose to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, but each claims Trump would sometimes record phone calls in his Trump Tower office in NY. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general; 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. An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice.

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".

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