Garland not interested in Federal Bureau of Investigation job, friends say

Garland was Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, but Senate Republicans led by McConnell refused to act on the nomination for almost a year.

H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said: "The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation".

"There is a crisis of credibility in this administration which will hurt us in ways nearly too numerous to elaborate", Schumer said.

McConnell says, "I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda".

The prospect of Garland as a serious potential pick for FBI director - on a list that as of Tuesday included former Congressman Mike Rogers, FBI agent Adam Lee, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, among others - peaked Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, threw his support to the judge.

A Republican former Marine intelligence officer now serving in the House said transparency demands the release of the Russian Federation meeting transcript to the intelligence committees, if it exists.

Woolsey said, however, getting someone qualified to take the job is not going to be easy.

Jordan is a key ally in the US -led global military coalition against Islamic State, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

Nearly everything has gone wrong for the Republican Party, but the one thing that has gone right is the successful swiping of Merrick Garland's seat on the Supreme Court.

Trump tried to explain away the situation in a series of tweets Tuesday morning, writing that he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" with the Russian officials. "I don't think I have anything to add", he told Bloomberg.

Many Republicans have been reluctant to comment, saying that they want to learn more. "I don't know the whole story", Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said when asked for a response. Lee also raised the idea directly with White House staff, according to an aide. We have the Senate Intelligence Committee looking at the allegation that the Russians were somehow in collusion with the Trump campaign. "I suspect the administration will brief the Congress more fully on exactly what transpired", said Sen.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted his reaction to that possibility with an ever-popular GIF of Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar shouting "It's a trap!"

"Producing the the only way for this administration to categorically prove the report's untrue", Schumer said.

  • Larry Hoffman