Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chuck Schumer Threatens To Boycott FBI Confirmation If No Special Prosecutor Named

Chuck Schumer Threatens To Boycott FBI Confirmation If No Special Prosecutor Named

President Donald Trump took to twitter Friday morning to issue a dire warning to former FBI Director James Comey about trying to influence media coverage of his firing.

Less than a week after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and Mr Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves on Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

Later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to address whether recording devices had been placed in the White House.

Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, and former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers also met with Justice officials.

Spicer was pressed further: "As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add on that". "The tweet speaks for itself". The White House first said this week that Trump made the move because of a negative memo about Comey from the Justice Department, only to have the president later say he made the decision before seeing the memo.

- President Trump unleashed a series of tweets Friday morning regarding, most notably a tweet directed at now-former FBI Director James Comey.

Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times.

On Friday, NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian‏ tweeted that a source close to Comey told him that "He hopes there are tapes".

When asked if Trump was recording any conversations in the Oval Office, Spicer again maintained a pre-meditated silence.

"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", Mr Graham said, adding: "I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all. but we don't know all the evidence yet".

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

All along, his spokesmen have maintained that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation that was being overseen by Comey.

Like many administrations, the relationship between Trump and the press has been tense.

In the Fox interview, Trump seemed to herald his own work ethic.

It's unclear whether the "tapes" Trump alluded to in his tweet would be audio or video recordings, or whether they exist at all. The ousted director has told associates he was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with Trump just seven days after the January 20 inauguration, according to the paper.

Late Tuesday, White House officials insisted that Comey was ousted because of his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information a year ago. John Cornyn, South Carolina U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, former MI U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Trump's comments appear to confirm multiple reports that his administration had been shocked at the widespread outrage over Comey's firing. "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", McCabe said. That's according to two people familiar with the search process who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.

That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.

Democrats have found an ally in the Senate's Republican chairman of the intelligence committee. "The White House called [Comey] out of the blue".

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