US President Donald Trump considering 11 candidates to replace James Comey

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The Trump administration offered conflicting reasons for the dismissal, and on Thursday, Trump contradicted the White House's original announcement that Trump made a decision to fire Comey this week on recommendations from his attorney general and deputy attorney general.

And they're not wasting time.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed that report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty". He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen. Although they can mount considerable pressure before and during the confirmation process, they don't control enough votes to influence the outcome. "To destroy them would be a violation of law".

He followed up by attempting to defend his team by saying it's not their fault if they don't speak with "perfect accuracy" - and suggested that he would be open to ending future press briefings.

In a May 9 statement, Krishnamoorthi called the president's firing of Comey "a almost unprecedented action" and that it's "extremely disturbing" that Trump would fire the director in the midst of his investigation against his administration and their links to Russian Federation.

At least five candidates to be the bureau's director were in line Saturday for the first interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters.

Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. His predecessor, Robert Mueller, was US attorney in San Francisco.

One contender who could prove politically palatable is Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney in Manhattan with significant experience in terrorism and public corruption investigations.

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The FBI Agents Association has endorsed former Republican congressman Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI agent who led the House intelligence committee and had collegial relationships with his Democratic counterparts.

"The US White House explained that there was no scandal and it was posted on their website that that everything had been agreed like in the case with other ministers", Lavrov said.

Clapper and Schumer made their comments on CNN's "State of the Union"; Graham spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press"; Haley and Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week" and Warner also spoke on "Fox News Sunday" along with Lee and Holmes.

Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.

March 20, 2017: Comey testifies to Congress that the FBI has been investigating possible links between Trump associates and Russian officials since July, the same month he held an unusual news conference to discuss the investigation into Clinton.

Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings. He was also set to welcome foreign leaders to the White House, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding". Graham said under the circumstances he wouldn't be able to support his colleague Sen.

Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general.

House Democrats are weighing their own steps related to the firing.

McCabe characterized the investigation as "highly significant" and assured senators that Comey's firing would not hinder it.

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