Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Lauren Perry
May 15, 2017

Trump is said to have been furious at his communications team - led by Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Communications Director Michael Dubke - for what he has characterized as their failure to defend his decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, The New York Times reported Friday.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation". He served as the US attorney in Manhattan from 2005 to 2008, and previously held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Suffice it to say Comey's decision not to alert the public about that investigation wasn't among the list of grievances included in the Justice Department memo Trump cited as justifying his termination. "I know many of my conversations when I called him were recorded before and after I was working there".

"No. ... The final decision to move forward with it was yesterday".

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

He staked out public and sometimes unpopular positions on contentious social and policy issues while leading an agency historically focused exclusively on law enforcement.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also reiterated during a news briefing that night that the decision to fire Comey was driven entirely by the Department of Justice and Rosenstein.

He floated the disputed idea that a violent crime spike might be linked to police officers peeling back from their duties out of fear of being caught on video. Aides were also eager for Trump's first foreign trip, a high-stakes blitz through the Middle East and Europe.

In a speech where he quoted the lyrics of the musical "Avenue Q", he declared that the USA was at a crossroads on matters of race and policing. He said minorities in poor neighborhoods often inherit a "legacy of crime and prison" while officers in those same neighborhoods may take "lazy mental shortcuts" in dealing with suspicious situations.

Comey's outspokenness sometimes rankled Obama administration officials.

Cornyn, who appears to have not interviewed yet, is the second-ranking Senate Republican and a strong defender of Trump, a president who often places a premium on loyalty.

Throughout Donald Trump's business career, some executives who came to work for him were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded.

Comey was invited to speak before the committee in a closed session Tuesday, but Warner told CNN on Friday that he declined the invitation. But elements of his accounts are emerging.

He then went on Twitter to say that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Mr. Trump didn't generally tell the other party that he or she was being recorded, the former employees said.

"Mr Comey, who was unceremoniously fired by President Trump this week, used to physically stand out in any crowd of VIPs due to his sheer height - 6'8" - and metaphorically among the public servants due to the power he wielded, fell into a hole due his handling - or mishandling - of Clinton email saga past year and then started doing something that shouldn't have been initiated by someone in such predicament - digging more, without an apparent aim.

Seeking to bolster Trump's case that he has had no concealed dealings with Russia, his lawyers said in a letter released by the White House on Friday that a review of Trump's tax returns from the past 10 years showed no income from Russian sources outside of a few exceptions, and indicated he did not owe money to Russian lenders.

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