Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday

Firestorm over Comey's dismissal adds to Trump frustrations

President Donald Trump said Saturday that "we can make a fast decision" on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", recounted the Comey associate.

In reference to a January dinner between the president and Comey that the president discussed in the Holt interview, Feinstein said Trump's reported request of a loyalty pledge from the director was inappropriate.

Rogers was endorsed for the permanent director role earlier Saturday by the FBI Agents Association, which represents 13,000 current and former agents.

Mr Trump has insisted Mr Comey told him that he was not under investigation.

Trump also contradicted the official letters sent about Comey's firing that said the president dismissed the director at the recommendation of the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen. Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president's action.

July 5, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls the FBI's decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged".

-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court. That love fest ended in divorce last week when the president tweeted that "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. And he said he feared the world would no longer take Trump at his word. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job, drawing a firestorm of criticism.

Another possible candidate, former MI congressman Mike Rogers, scored an endorsement Saturday from the FBI Agents Association, the union representing current and retired agents. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if it's illegal or not". He was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as odd thoughts coming from his new boss.

November 6, 2016: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.

"I certainly have some very specific questions about the timeline" of Comey's firing, said Peters, one of 94 senators who voted to confirm Rosenstein last month.

The morning rant came after media pointed out contradictions in his story of the Comey firing.

The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe. Multiple officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Since Comey's firing, members of Congress have increased calls to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation. The White House denies that account.

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