Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding".

Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerWarner: Senate Intel Committee would "love" Comey to testify in open hearing Flynn subpoena sets up battle between White House, Congress Democrat Senator warns of poor "outcome" for past secret Oval Office tapes MORE (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he will "absolutely" subpoena recordings of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey if they exist.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

Trump is scheduled to leave for the Middle East and Europe on Friday.

Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

"I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the important - you know, it depends on how you define loyalty, number one", Mr. Trump said. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said before taking off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially.

Mr Trump said the candidates were "outstanding people" and "very well known".

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against USA installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the justice department's criminal division.

Acting Director McCabe arrived at the building in a motorcade, hours later.

That contradicted the White House narrative that agents had lost confidence in their leader.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Adam Lee, of the Richmond, Va., office, and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, of eastern Virginia, were believed to have been granted interviews over the weekend as well.

Mr. Trump insisted Comey "gave [Hillary] a free pass, like nobody's ever, ever gotten a free pass", but Mr. Trump said he was "surpised" by the reaction from the Democrats because he thought it would be a "very popular thing".

Another rumored candidate, former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, picked up the endorsement Saturday of the FBI Agents Association, the union representing active and retired agents. Garcia was the US attorney for the Southern District of NY from 2005-2008.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

Trump, meanwhile, continued to face criticism over Comey's unceremonious dismissal.

Trump was furious over the FBI's growing Russian Federation investigation and began turning on Comey in March, when the lawman testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that his agency was, in fact, probing the Trump campaign.

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