Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin can use foreign events to bolster their own standings in their own countries. But in Syria particularly lasting changes will only happen after substantive efforts that it is not at all clear the two nations are

Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to give the commence address for the Class of 2017 at Liberty University.

President Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to drop its probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and urged former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey instead to pursue reporters in leak cases, according to associates of Comey who have seen private notes he wrote recounting the conversation. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

When asked if he meant if those institutions were "under assault" internally by the president himself, Clapper said "exactly" and added that he believed Trump was undermining the checks and balances inherent to the USA political system.

And when he was asked, "Internally, from the president?"

One person that President Donald Trump has referenced numerous times to essentially clear his name when it comes to potential collusion with Russian Federation over election interference has been former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances", Clapper said.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally.

White House officials barely managed to stop President Trump from tweeting about a widely circulated internet hoax after a printout of the hoax was left on his desk by his deputy national security adviser, Politico reports.

Mr Trump denies any such links and says Mr Comey had assured him he was not being investigated.

Spicer's refusal to answer questions of whether Trump is privately recording conversations and whether he will comply with congressional requests to provide those recordings if they exist come on the heels of a strenuous week for the White House communications department. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters.

"At that point I was kind of done with him (Trump) so I didn't return the call", Bharara said.

"I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community...", he said.

The Senate must confirm a new FBI director once Trump names a candidate; that FBI director will take a lead role in the Russian Federation investigation.

Watch Sen. Graham's discussion of the "Trump tapes" on "Meet the Press" below, via NBC.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer warned that destroying any tapes would break the law, the BBC reported. "If there are any tapes of this conversation, you have to turn them over". Comey earlier declined an invitation this week to testify in a closed hearing. And it comes at a particularly precarious time for the Trump administration as it searches for someone to nominate to succeed Comey as the next leader of the FBI - the official who will take over investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any coordination between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and a "grandstander" who was not doing a good job.

This week, he threw Vice President Mike Pence under the bus that's normally parked atop the White House press office.

The FBI in particular has jealously guarded its independence, a principle embodied by the 10-year term for its director that's supposed to insulate the agency from presidential meddling.

In the NBC News/WSJ poll, 15 percent of respondents said Congress would be best positioned to investigate Russian interference.



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