Trump pledges to move quickly to name new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Asked if the pick would be announced before his trip overseas, Mr. Trump said, "Even that is possible". The White House has denied such demands were made.

But Trump's team recognizes that they've been forced on the defensive.

Trump's confidants have reportedly been pointing out to him that his approval ratings are not seeing any improvement - as of Saturday, the president has a 56% disapproval rating and a 39% approval rating, according to Gallup. But the timing for a nomination is unclear.

Fisher was spotted leaving the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington Saturday morning after a 90-minute sitdown.

Among those also expected on Saturday were acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Michael J Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the number two Senate leader and a former state attorney general. Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to give the commence address for the Class of 2017 at Liberty University.

'There is no way to get at the story through talking to the White House press secretary or listening to the spin that is offered by officials who are willing to go on the record, ' says media critic Margaret Sullivan. A CNN national security commentator, Rogers represented Michigan's 8th congressional district in the House from 2001 to 2015.

One administration staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, admitted that the White House communications staff could have done a better job of smoothing out the administration's message. But Trump's aides were all comfortable with his decisions, the person said.

First, the White House said Trump fired Comey because the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended it.

The next day, however, Trump said he had been considering firing Comey for a while, and that Rosenstein's memo had sealed the deal.

"This is normal from the point of view of the Trump campaign, the Trump White House".

"I think in many ways our institutions are under assault", he said.

Trump also has insisted that Comey assured him on three separate occasions, including once over dinner and on another occasion over a phone call he placed to the then-FBI director, that he was not under investigation.

US President Donald Trump looks towards First Lady Melania Trump at a "celebration of military mothers" event at the White House.

Cable news networks went live with blanket coverage.

Instead, Trump's statements and tweets drowned out other White House messages.

At least five candidates were scheduled to be interviewed Saturday in Washington by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

Writing unsubstantial, provocative tweets while simultaneously overseeing the significant process of choosing a director for the F.B.I., there is a growing move to hold Trump to account. That could be a way for Comey to protect himself and make sure what he says is accurately reflected considering it seems pretty obvious any testimony from a closed hearing would be quickly leaked to the press.

On who should investigate Russian involvement in the election, 78 percent opted for a special prosecutor or independent panel, while 15 percent picked Congress.

  • Leroy Wright