Trump pick for FBI director could come within days

Lee, a longtime agent, is special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates - who was sacked by Trump after she refused to defend his travel ban - and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also testified in front of a Senate subcommittee on crime and terrorism on Monday.

Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked. He's held a number of other positions with the agency.

Speaking at the Common Good forum in NY on Friday, Sen.

Trump himself seems to understand that it is hard to logistically defend him.

"He was choking on that", Trump said then.

At Wednesday's press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked: "So it's the White House's assertion that Rod Rosenstein decided on his own, after being confirmed, to review Comey's performance?" But given the cloud that Comey's firing has put over the Justice Department, there may be no alternative.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

The White House refusal to elaborate left open several questions: Had Trump, as his predecessor had in the 1970s, been covertly taping conversations?

In an interview with Fox News Channel's Jeannine Pirro set to air Saturday, Trump suggested eliminating the daily briefings and instead having one every two weeks - conducted by him.

While Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey roiled Washington, Republicans who attended the national committee's spring meeting outside San Diego this week defended the president's actions and insisted that they would have little political impact on midterm elections next year.

Now a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins specializing in white-collar criminal and internal investigations, Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.

Last May, as three Washington Post reporters interviewed Trump by phone about his finances, Trump pushed back against a question regarding his use of the pseudonym "John Miller" when he talked to some reporters in the 1980s.

Cornyn is the No. 2 Senate Republican and a former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court justice.

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.

His testimony punctured a key component of the White House rationale for firing Comey at this time: that rank-and-file Federal Bureau of Investigation employees had lost confidence in Comey as their director. Trump fired Comey this past week. He has been a member of the Senate GOP leadership team for a decade and serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Donald Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Fisher - assistant attorney general for the department's criminal division under President George W. Bush - was seen entering the department's headquarters on Saturday morning. "The president is not correct", a former F.B.I. official told NBC.

  • Leroy Wright