Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Trump slams James Comey as a "showboat" and "grandstander"

Acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe. Alex Wong Getty Images North America—AFP Acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe. Alex Wong Getty Images North America—AFP
Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 20:14

And while Trump praised chief of staff Reince Priebus after the House passed a health care bill last week, associates say the president has continued to raise occasional questions about Priebus' leadership in the West Wing.

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

McCabe contradicted Trump this week, telling lawmakers that Comey enjoyed widespread support among the FBI's rank and file, and that the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the election was a "highly significant investigation". But the White House has denied those reports.

The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey. "The president is the CEO of the country".

"Our story is consistent", she said.

Trump, writing on the Twitter social media platform, said, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Burr and Warner invited Comey to address the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, but as of Thursday afternoon, they had not received a response, Burr said.

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

"I might even lengthen out the investigation", Trump said.

Trump and Comey's relationship was strained early on, in part because of the president's explosive and unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is trying to schedule an all-senators' briefing with Rosenstein on Capitol Hill as soon as next week.

"I'm not aware of that", Spicer said of a potential tape. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena the tapes.

Typically, when presidents make decisions of this magnitude, there's a clear plan in place to communicate that decision to the press - and the American public.

Trump, in an NBC interview on Thursday, said that he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation. "And I hope he will be", Trump said.

Wednesday: "No", Sanders said, when asked if the president had already made a decision to fire Comey on Monday when he asked Rosenstein for the memo. He joined the reserve in 1999, and reservists are required to serve one weekend per month and 10 days per year.

Garcia served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. attorney under former president George W. Bush.

However, sources have told Fox News that at least one additional candidate is being interviewed Saturday - Adam Lee, the special agent in charge at the FBI's Richmond office.

- Andrew McCabe, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a US compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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


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