Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking partisan for Federal Bureau of Investigation job

Spicer said that he "made it clear what the president's position is on that issue", without saying exactly what the president's position is.

At least a dozen different names are being mentioned in USA media as candidates to replace Comey.

A majority of Americans think a special prosecutor would be best suited to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections to the campaign of President Donald Trump, according to a poll released Sunday.

On Friday morning, Trump said former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom Trump fired last Tuesday, "had better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "But very well known, highly respected, really talented people", Trump said at the weekend. Congress - even a Republican-led one - will make sure of that.

In the 72 hours since that Trump tweet, the White House has provided absolutely zero guidance as to whether it was meant in jest or is, in fact, a reflection of what Trump is actually doing.

However, in the same interview with Holt, Trump said that he had made a decision to fire Comey before receiving the memo and would have done so regardless of the recommendations of the Justice Department.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed eight candidates Saturday, including some who were not among the names distributed a day earlier by the White House.

That sent Washington - rattled and surprised nearly daily by the shoot-from-the-hip Trump presidency - into a veritable lather, and sparked comparisons with the behavior of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

"If there are any tapes, they have to be turned over", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday. "Trump just admits to wrongdoing and then dares the rest of us to do something about it".

If Trump did record conversations with Comey, under the law, he can not destroy or hide them. During the campaign, Trump seemed to believe all kinds of nonsense he'd find in supermarket tabloids and fringe websites, and it was hard not to wonder how he'd adapt as president.

"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Trump said.

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