Interviews well underway for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey

FBI agents changing Facebook profile to photos of James Comey in gesture normally reserved for slain colleagues

Trump will encourage students to "be a force for good in the world by standing up for the values that Liberty has taught them", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

The former employees who said they knew of Mr. Trump taping phone conversations when he was a businessman said they had no knowledge of whether or not Mr. Trump used his taping methods now that he is president.

On Saturday, the FBI Agents Association urged Trump to select former House Intelligence Committee chairman and former FBI special agent Mike Rogers to replace Comey as the bureau's director. If Trey Gowdy becomes FBI Director on a 51-49 vote, let us all keep in mind to thank Harry Reid.

Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division. Rosenstein did not specifically recommend firing Comey in his memo.

Sessions forwarded Rosenstein's memo to Trump and recommended that he remove Comey from his role.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that if tapes exist, destroying them would be illegal and they must be immediately turned over to Congress and investigators. The criticism prompted Mr. Trump to threaten to end the traditional daily White House press briefings. However, the president later claimed in an interview with Lester Holt on NBC that his decision to oust Comey would have been taken regardless of the advice of the DOJ.

In Comey's dismissal letter, Trump said he had spoken with the Justice Department and acted on their advice by firing him.

When he was asked, "Internally, from the president?"

They have argued that the White House's explanation - that Comey was terminated due to his handling over the Clinton investigation - meant Trump could have fired him months ago.

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"No. ... The final decision to move forward with it was yesterday". "I know many of my conversations when I called him were recorded before and after I was working there".

CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter. "This morning, the President tweeted a thinly veiled threat to Mr. Comey, which could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law". His sudden termination followed the Trump administration's brazen decision to fire Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General who challenged the President's failed travel ban that targeted seven predominantly Muslim countries.

On Monday [May 8, 2017], the President met with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General and they discussed reasons for removing the Director. It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.

Mr. Trump, however, denied asking for a loyalty pledge when asked by Fox News earlier this week. But the very fact that an investigation is ongoing is intolerable to a president who values his image above most things.

"I don't think it's inappropriate", Trump said.

Mr. Trump's team came forward with a recording Mr. Trump had made of a phone conversation between Messrs. "All I want is for Comey to be honest".

"We don't have press conferences", Trump said.

"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", he said.

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