President Trump told lawmakers he fired FBI Director James B. Comey at the recommendation of the Justice Department but later contradicted that reason in an interview. Officials tell the New York Times that the White House wants to pick a candidate without close ties to Trump to avoid accusations it he is trying to derail the Russian Federation probe. I think it requires somebody like me, a Republican, to call Comey before the Judiciary Committee to let him explain that conversation.
President Donald Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.
Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association.
Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.More news: Pope sends congratulations to new French leader
Trump told NBC's Lester Holt, "I was going to fire Comey" regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted with the White House's sketchy version of events.
Sessions forwarded the letter to Trump, recommending he remove Comey: "Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
"I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the Committee", Burr said in a statement. Rosenstein's letter is a carefully constructed and convincing accounting of Comey's many errors of judgment that violated longstanding rules about what the FBI could say about ongoing investigations.
"And, in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won, '" he said.More news: Two GOP Congressmen Suggest Trump May Have Committed Impeachable Offense
The next director will immediately be confronted with oversight of an FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an inquiry the bureau's acting head, Andrew McCabe, has called "highly significant".
Democrats irate over Comey's abrupt ouster, and concerned by the inclusion of politicians on the list of possible replacements, are demanding Trump not select a partisan leader. Luttig clashed with the George W. Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla.
Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.
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Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for the Department of Justice, said Comey fastidiously keeps evidence of potential wrongdoing to protect himself and the agency.
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