Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations

Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the justice department's criminal division. He is one of at least five people expected to interview for with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, on Saturday.

Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.

"Mr Comey, who was unceremoniously fired by President Trump this week, used to physically stand out in any crowd of VIPs due to his sheer height - 6'8" - and metaphorically among the public servants due to the power he wielded, fell into a hole due his handling - or mishandling - of Clinton email saga previous year and then started doing something that shouldn't have been initiated by someone in such predicament - digging more, without an apparent aim. He's held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI's national security branch and its Washington field office.

"But to say more would be a mistake", Burr added, according to WRAL. "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally".

Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump also said "Even that is possible".

But on Friday, Trump contradicted his press office and Pence, telling NBC that he was going to fire Comey "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation.

While Democrats have called for an independent special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation matter, most Republicans have said that is not necessary given the FBI probe and investigations in both the House and Senate.

In a written statement, President Trump elaborated on the decision, writing, "It is essential that we find new leadership for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission". He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Mr Trump, former House representative Mike Rogers of MI and senator John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

"That is possible", said Trump, who is giving a commencement speech at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have a majority. "Today's actions had zero to do with [the investigation]", Conway told Cooper. They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Mr Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Mr Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election.

  • Leroy Wright