Interviews well underway for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

President Trump said Thursday that he planned to fire FBI Director James B. Comey regardless of whether Justice Department officials advised it. "I know they work for the president, I know they're supposed to be loyal, but they don't have to say things if they know that they're deliberately false".

In an extraordinarily personal and scathing assessment of the man he has just fired , the president described Mr Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander" who had left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in turmoil.

For the record, the White House denied Spicer would be fired for hiding among the bushes Tuesday. "That's clearly an impermissible question".

On CBS' "Face the Nation", Schiff questioned Trump's account of a conversation with former FBI Director James Comey.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air". "He'd been thinking about it for months, which I did say yesterday and have said many times since", she said.

"Either way, as with the first article of impeachment against Richard Nixon, this is a series of high crimes and misdemeanors", Mr Tribe said.

Democrats have accused the Republican President of trying to foil the FBI's probe into Moscow's actions, and many have called for a special prosecutor to look into the Russian Federation matter.

Here's a talking point: "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity", Sanders said about the FBI investigation into the Russian hack during the election.

Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

Thursday's hearing was scheduled to address global security threats, but there were frequent questions about Mr Comey and the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

If anyone attempts to interfere with or block the investigation, Schumer said, "you need somebody who is going to stand up". The firing was recommended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr Trump's threat about tapes has intensified calls from Democrats for an independent probe of alleged Russian meddling in the United States election. He said Comey assured him three times - once during a dinner and twice in phone calls - that he was not.

Warner said he was offended by Trump's remarks and called Comey a "straight shooter". Lindsay Graham of SC, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, a letter from his personal attorney stating that position. Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems?

The survey found deep divisions along party lines, with 79 percent of Republicans approving of the firing and only 14 percent of Democrats saying the same.

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