Trump, GOP control Federal Bureau of Investigation chief pick despite Democrats' calls

Trump, GOP control Federal Bureau of Investigation chief pick despite Democrats' calls

Trump, in a signed letter firing Comey, said Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation by the bureau.

And while 61% of respondents said Trump's decision did not change their opinion of the president, 30% of respondents said they had a less favorable impression of Trump now, versus just 6% who said they had a more favorable view.

Meanwhile, the president continued to make headlines and rankle lawmakers from both parties. In the event of a tie vote, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote."The key is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us", Schumer said.Republican leaders in the Senate have rebuffed calls for a special prosecutor, saying it would interfere with ongoing congressional probes.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said on Sunday there may come a time when a special prosecutor is needed but not now."Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation". Only 15 percent of respondents said they preferred that the GOP-controlled Congress handle the investigation, which would also look into alleged links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, while only 40 percent of poll respondents said they have at least some confidence in the ability of Congress to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the matter.

During last year's presidential campaign, a Wall Street Journal reporter who had come to interview Mr. Trump in his office told him that he planned to tape the conversation.

White House officials have refused to confirm or deny whether tapes exist.

"I do not have the foggiest idea whether there are tapes or not", Democrat Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday.

It is unclear whether or not Mr. Trump is making recordings in the White House. If the current administration did make tapes, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer told CNN on Sunday, "the president should turn them over immediately, of course".

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Richard Burr speak to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 11, 2017. Democrats have accused Trump of attempting to thwart the FBI's probe and have called for some type of independent inquiry into the matter.

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Mr Comey's sacking and its characterisations of the Russian Federation investigation.

The blowback against the firing of Comey angered the increasingly frustrated president, who made the decision after consulting only a small group of advisers, anxious the news would leak out.

While Washington is still reeling about President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the majority of his supporters think it was a good call.

He also had harsh worlds for the president's actions toward Comey.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", said Trump, before delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia.

There is one thing that Republicans and Democrats do seem to agree on and that's support for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the election.

GRAHAM: I think it was inappropriate.

When asked, "Internally, from the president?"

Pressed by Pirro on his suggestion that he recorded his conversations with Comey, Trump said: "That I won't talk about".