Trump pledges to move quickly to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said that if President Donald Trump made "tapes" of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, Congress should issue a subpoena for those recordings.

A replacement for sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey could be announced by late next week, says United States President Donald Trump. The move comes as the agency is investigating whether Trump's campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people", the president said.

US media quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that 11 candidates are being considered, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters on his way to fly to southern Virginia on Saturday.

Allies and former employees of Mr. Trump have long said that he taped some of his own phone calls, as well as meetings in Trump Tower. No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.

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"I've asked, others have asked, to make sure the tapes are preserved, if they exist", Warner said.

Washington sources said the first candidate to arrive for an interview was Alice Fisher, a lawyer who was a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W Bush administration.

May 11, 2017: Trump, in an NBC interview, says he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months. "You have these tremendous - the level of hatred toward him, especially during that period of time with Hillary Clinton where he gave her a free ride", Trump said. A memo that Comey wrote after the meeting, which became public May 16, says Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties. Russian Federation denies the claims and the White House says there was no collusion.

Mr Trump's behaviour has provoked fresh comparisons between his administration and that of disgraced President Richard Nixon, who famously recorded conversations, speeding his downfall during the Watergate scandal.

In an interview with United States media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy U.S. Attorney General, will brief all 100 senators next week in a closed session that Sen.