Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

A combined 41 percent have a "great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in Trump as president, compared with a combined 57 percent who have no or "not much" confidence, again mostly unchanged from April's poll.

"The fact that they had a private conversation in which the president, by his own admission, was discussing the future of Director Comey in that job and the president brings up whether he's under investigation?"

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

The official said McGahn's relationship with Trump began to sour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. President Donald Trump is considering almost.

-Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.Russia has denied the claims and the White House says there was no collusion.Trump, who has sought better relations with Russia, has continued to question whether Russia was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

In Friday's White House press briefing, a reporter told Press Secretary Sean Spicer he'd spoken to a former FBI official who was alarmed by Donald Trump threatening former FBI Director James Comey via Twitter.

And they're not wasting time.

May 9, 2017: Trump abruptly fires Comey.

"If they can keep all 52 together, then it won't matter", said Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "And if they're not in existence, if this was yet another fabrication by the president, he needs to come clean about it", said Schiff.

Another person, William Weidner, who was president of the Pratt Hotel Corporation back in 1989, also told WSJ Trump definitely taped phone calls in the past because a recording of him was used as evidence in lawsuit between Trump and the Sands Casino in Atlantic City. Comey also said it made him feel "mildly nauseous" to think his actions in October might have influenced the election outcome. And the new director will nearly certainly have to work to maintain the bureau's credibility by asserting political independence in the face of a president known for demanding loyalty from the people he appoints.

Clapper said he was at the Hoover Building the day Trump invited Comey to the White House for dinner January 27.

Among those interviewed was McCabe, though it's not clear how seriously he's being considered.

Almost two thirds of Republicans said they believed the Trump administration's (first) stated rationale for firing Comey that it was in response to the way the FBI director had mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

"This is a man who campaigned day after day after day on the argument that (former President) Bill Clinton met with the sitting Attorney General during the pendency of an investigation", Bharara said, referring to the controversial meeting in Phoenix between Clinton and Loretta Lynch. Bharara also stressed the independence of the US Attorney's Offices.

Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of NY who was sacked by Trump, said Sunday in a Washington Post opinion piece that in order to restore faith in the system, there needs to be a bipartisan investigation in Congress as well as a special prosecutor to probe Russia's election activities. He later resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced.

The FBI Agents Association has endorsed former Republican congressman Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chair of the House intelligence committee who had collegial relationships with his Democratic counterparts.

"It's time to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation director before the country at large and explain what happened at that dinner", Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said.

One Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he had taken himself out of the running.

Among Democrats, though there is little doubt that the firing is not sitting well as 66 percent disapprove of Comey's dismissal.

Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings.

"You can't be cute about tapes". John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is asking House Speaker Paul Ryan to join in a call for Rosenstein to brief House members, as he will do for senators Thursday.

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