Trump may pick a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by next week

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

On Twitter, Trump appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of contacts between them, the administration might produce tapes of conversations, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.

Trump "is emulating some of the worst aspects of Richard Nixon and for those of us watching from the outside, we have to ask why", said Naftali.

Priebus, the former Republican National Committee chairman, nearly from the beginning has been a target of criticism of the administration, thanks in part to the initial organizational decisions by the president-elect.

On Friday, the White House denied reports that President Trump had also asked Mr Comey to pledge loyalty to him. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard.

215777215790215790Trump keeps Comey battle alive by warning him not to talkThe firing of former FBI Director James Comey continues to spark controversy and questions.

Trump confidants say Bannon has been marginalized on major decisions, including Comey's firing, after clashing with Kushner.

Liberty University said it expects more than 7,000 of its 18,000 graduates to participate in the ceremonies, most of whom earned their degree online. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private.

But tape recording has been an important and aboveboard part of presidential procedure since a voice-recording system was first installed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to capture the content of news conferences.

Even the interview process for Comey's replacement prompted debate. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

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On May 4, Trump sat down with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the US aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan, New York.

The survey found deep divisions along party lines, with 79 percent of Republicans approving of the firing and only 14 percent of Democrats saying the same.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump. He increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesperson, according to multiple people who have spoken with him.

The Post's story, written by four reporters, said it had gathered "the private accounts of more than 30 officials at the White House, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants and other senior Republicans, [to] paint a conflicting narrative centred on the president's brewing personal animus toward Comey".

In a press briefing that took place that day, Sanders diverged from her earlier statements and said that Trump's meeting with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday had "reaffirmed" his decision to fire Comey.

Former FBI director James Comey is willing to testify before the Senate, but he will only do so in public, a close associate told The New York Times.

Later, however, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump had actually been considering firing Comey for months, and that he had asked Sessions and Rosenstein for their recommendations.

"If there are any tapes they have to be turned over", Graham said.

Trump is mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News, according to one White House official. And BuzzFeed News reported a year ago that Trump listened in on calls made by staff at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

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