Sen. John Cornyn among candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Since the announcement of Trump's firing of James Comey, the news has been abuzz with speculation about Trump's alleged ties with Russian Federation, and some people are even wondering if this could be the end of the Trump presidency.

If nothing else, Comey's firing reinforces the need for a Watergate-style congressional committee, or a 9/11-style commission, to investigate the Russian connection, and a special prosecutor to deal with any related criminal issues.

Given the partisan uproar over Comey's firing, Democrats seem unlikely to support any Federal Bureau of Investigation candidate put forward by Trump. "The statements suggest [Comey] may have in fact been fired to bring about that result".

Spicer refused to confirm or deny whether Trump had recordings of Comey, despite being asked several times.

But the suggestion that Trump might have "tapes" of his conversations with Comey - especially in light of the president's own claims that President Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped - touched off a firestorm of controversy. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

We smell a rat in Washington, and it reeks worse than the swamp that President Trump says he wants to drain.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!".

He added, "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Trump, in an interview Thursday with NBC News, had this version: "I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation". "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey".

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According to the White House, one of the many reasons Comey was sacked was because he failed to stop sensitive leaks of information to the media.

Trump told Fox News he was surprised by the fierce reaction of Democrats.

Congressman Dwight Evans (D-2) said in a statement posted to Facebook, "the Trump Administration is not ready for primetime".

Comey had angered Democrats over his handling of the probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

That's far different that the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.

Also interviewed Saturday were Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court; GOP Sen.

Trump, in his NBC interview, said he had been intending to fire Comey for months and that it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.

The fact Mr Comey had not publicly talked down links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was also a source of tension, the Journal reported.

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