Trump hopes to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation director quickly

"I'd had several conversations with him, but I didn't ask that question directly, 'had you already made that decision, ' I went off the information that I had when I answered your question", she said.

By Trump's account, narrated in an interview to NBC, Comey sought the meeting to ask to continue his job, although FBI Directors are appointed to a ten-year term and Comey is only in his third year.

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation. "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau".

In fact, Trump wants investigators to get to the bottom of Russian involvement in the election, Spicer said, including debunking the "false narrative" that the Trump campaign was somehow involved.

Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling.

"We can make a fast decision", President Trump said Saturday morning. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey. Comey's allies also quickly made clear they would defend him against attacks from Trump, including disputing the president's assertion that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation.

In a surprising turn of events, Andrew actually contradicted the White House's assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation lost faith in James and that's why they let him go.

"Here in Pennsylvania we know all too well the damage done when people lose faith in the justice system", Shapiro said, adding that "no one is above the law". An official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors at some point. Trump has said that wasn't the reason for his decision.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said. Because she received over $675,000 in donations from the Democratic Party of Virginia, Republicans later slammed Andrew for not recusing himself during the investigations surrounding Hillary Clinton's emails.

  • Leroy Wright