Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in last year's election was on his mind when he dismissed the man overseeing the probe. Such a request would undermine the standing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as an independent law enforcer and further fueled charges that Trump has overstepped the norms of his office. Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey, compared to 38% who disapprove. Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes. You can't be cute about tapes.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have clouded Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.

"Even that is possible", Trump told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe. I need to see it sooner rather than later. Florida, where President Trump also has frequently traveled since taking office, generally requires all parties to consent to taping, although there is an exception for taping in public places where the parties wouldn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on "Meet the Press" that Trump has is obligated "to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane".

But Trump's team recognises that they've been forced on the defensive.

"I think the process is going to move quickly", Trump said while aboard Air Force One to give a college commencement speech.

"OK, well, he's got to come in and tell us why", Graham said. He was appointed by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2012 to investigate World Cup bidding contests, then resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced.

White House officials declined to say whether tapes exist.

James Clapper, former national intelligence director who served under the Obama administration from 2010 until Trump's inauguration, told ABC's This Week, "I spoke briefly with Director Comey about the dinner. All I want is for Comey to be honest".

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

Meanwhile, President Trump is facing growing questions about whether he secretly recorded his conversations with Mr Comey.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" Trump said. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

President Donald Trump pauses while meeting with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump also told reporters Saturday that all of the candidates under consideration are "outstanding", "very well-known" and at the "highest level". "Nobody on the campaign that I know has colluded with the Russians". Moscow has denied any such meddling. The russians did interfere in our election.

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