Interviews well underway for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey

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More than four in 10 Americans said President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to slow down the agency's investigation of possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, according to a poll released Sunday that also said only 29 percent supported his actions.

"[Trump] never understood why McGahn and his team didn't meet with Sessions to try and talk him out of removing himself", the senior official said, noting that Trump saw the attorney general's recusal as a concession to Democrats who were trying to score political points by demanding it in the first place.

Clapper said he found the firing of FBI Director James Comey "very disturbing", in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union".

Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the current Senate majority whip and former attorney general of Texas, is another contender who was interviewed Saturday to replace Comey.

They may also speak to at least one more candidate: Adam Lee, who heads the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, according to Fox News.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has interviewed for the permanent position.

So far 14 people - politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

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"I think the process is going to go quickly".

On Sunday, Graham said multiple times that he does not believe the president is a target of investigations into whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin, one facet of the various probes being conducted by the FBI and House and Senate intelligence committees.

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

Fisher headed the Justice Department's criminal division, also under Bush. Rogers is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who also worked as an Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s.

On Monday [May 8, 2017], the President met with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General and they discussed reasons for removing the Director. Rogers was endorsed over the weekend by the FBI Agents Association, which represents rank-and-file agents.

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that Comey told him on three separate occasions he is not under investigation.

Warner said he would "absolutely" want the Senate to subpoena the White House to produce any recordings made by the Trump administration that are relevant to the Comey firing or the Russian Federation matter. Trump conducted a television interview with NBC's Lester Holt in which he said one of the reasons he fired the FBI chief was because Comey was too focused on investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation instead of the "real story" - leaks from the federal government to the media. Respondents overwhelmingly want a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian involvement in last year's presidential election, with 62% of those surveyed wanting one.

Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba. "Highly unethical. At a minimum unethical", Schiff said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation".

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