Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'


President Donald Trump says the White House is "moving rapidly" to select a replacement for ousted FBI Director James Comey.

"All I want is for Comey to be honest and I hope he will be and I'm sure he will be - I hope", he said.

Comey's dismissal rocked the political world last week, and the development became extremely politicized as the press, lawmakers and the White House reacted to the fallout.

"I think it requires somebody like me, a Republican, to call Comey before the [Senate] Judiciary Committee", the SC senator said.

Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump should use this moment to "reset" the situation surrounding the Department of Justice's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Aides said Trump does not believe his team gave contradictory stories about his decision to fire Comey, despite the fact that the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period.

Before Comey was relieved of his duties, the president insists that the FBI director told him he was not under investigation for any kind of collusion with Russian Federation. Then, on Thursday, he claimed that he would have dismissed Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation and said he considered the FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian operatives in an effort to influence the U.S. election when he made the decision to oust Comey.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey - which polled 800 adults from May 11-13 - and a new Gallup survey released over the weekend both show the president at a mere 39 percent approval rating while 54 percent disapprove of his performance.

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"The key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us", Schumer said.

"Trump is a very polarizing figure", Brown said. Other alternatives for an independent investigation require congressional approval and, while Democrats are threatening to introduce legislation, a shot at success appears challenging. The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday a new probe "could only serve to impede the current work being done".

Garland was President Barack Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after Scalia's death previous year. Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, who was confirmed on a party-line vote last month. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, who is under consideration.

Given the partisan uproar over Comey's firing, Democrats seem unlikely to support any Federal Bureau of Investigation candidate put forward by Trump.

On NBC, moderator Chuck Todd asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Russian interference in the election, and the secretary of state focused most of his answers on the rocky relationship between the United States and Russia.

In a surprise revelation, liberal comedian Bill Maher blamed Bill Clinton for James Comey's firing and for Hillary's election loss. Not even Vice President Mike Pence was spared the embarrassment of having told a version of events that was later discredited by Trump.