Sessions to interview Federal Bureau of Investigation candidates Saturday

Sessions to interview Federal Bureau of Investigation candidates Saturday

Sessions to interview Federal Bureau of Investigation candidates Saturday

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media aboard Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Trump's 36 percent approval rating - according to a Quinnipiac University Poll - gives lawmakers in closely contested districts little incentive to stay on the Trump train. Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to giv.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). President Donald Trump is considering almost.

The investigation is led by Dana Boente, the USA attorney in Alexandria, Va., who also serves as the head of national security prosecutions at Justice Department headquarters. "I think the President wants loyalty to his country and to the rule of law", Spicer said.

The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first worldwide trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe.

Democrats are demanding appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and ties to Trump's campaign, and have discussed trying to slow down the confirmation process or other business of the Senate as a way of drawing attention to the demand. 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".

Given the Republicans' narrow Senate majority, the larger consideration for the White House is that some GOP senators also insist on a non-partisan choice as the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Trump did the right thing in replacing him.

Trump's timing in firing Comey has been criticized. It'd be highly unusual for the White House to elevate an FBI agent to the role of director, and McCabe during a Senate hearing last week broke with the White House's explanations for Comey's firing and its dismissive characterization of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump called the candidates for the post "outstanding" and "highly respected". John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

Rogers was a former FBI special agent and chairman of the House intelligence committee before becoming a CNN national security commentator and has the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association.

Many Republicans are eying the 2018 midterm elections, which will put control of the House of Representatives and potentially the Senate up for grabs.

"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or is of such a reputation who has no political background at all who can go into the job from Day 1", the South Carolina Republican said.

A former top aide to Sen. I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States, is important. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

On Friday, Spicer, already publicly humiliated by his boss, was left unable to confirm or deny whether the president was recording Oval Office conversations, copies of which Democrats promptly demanded.

"When I made a decision 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 have won, ' " Trump told NBC.

"We just heard from the director that he's not able to make Tuesday", Warner told CNN.

"He's doing a good job but he gets beat up", Trump responded.

So far 14 people have emerged as candidates.

Townsend served as an acting deputy assistant attorney general and head of the intelligence policy office in the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton before going on to work in the Bush administration and then as a CNN and CBS analyst.

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

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