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

Trump urged to hand over any Comey tapes

Trump fired back on Twitter: "Cryin" Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.' Then acts so indignant".

Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Under Comey, the FBI was investigating whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the USA election in the Republican's favor. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now under assault and "eroding". When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.

During a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president appeared to imply that there are tapes of his private conversations with Comey, who Trump fired earlier this week.

The Democrats are allied with powerful sections of the military-intelligence establishment that consider Trump too "soft" on Russian Federation and dangerously erratic and unreliable in pursuing the global interests of United States imperialism. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Sen. Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.

He was also set to welcome foreign leaders to the White House, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.

The White House Correspondents Association objected to Trump's threat.

The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander", added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president.

Later on Friday, asked about tapes by Fox News, Trump said, "That I can't talk about".

Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said Friday that Trump was "dangerous" and that "his credibility has been destroyed".

But in a poll conducted last month, Republicans were far more opposed to hypothetically removing Comey, while Democrats were slightly more open to the possibility.

In its lead editorial Friday, the Washington Post wrote: "The FBI is in trouble and must be protected-from the White House, first and foremost..." The letter noted that "it is a crime to intimidate or threaten any potential witness with the intent to influence, delay or prevent their official testimony".

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