"And I think, as well, our institutions are under assault internally". The president was asked whether he could announce an Federal Bureau of Investigation candidate by Friday - when that trip overseas is set to begin. Graham said under the circumstances he wouldn't be able to support his colleague Sen.
"Trump admitted to firing FBI Director James Comey because of his investigation of the Trump campaign's Russian connections", Durbin, who is Senate Minority Whip, said in a statement. President Donald Trump is considering almost. And when Sally Yates, then serving as acting attorney general, told the White House that Flynn had lied when he denied discussing US sanctions with Kislyak, and thus could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, Trump waited 18 days to fire him.
Trump tweeted Friday that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Since then, Reps. Al Green, Hakeem Jeffries, and Jared Huffman have been among the handful of Democratic lawmakers who've openly discussed the prospect of initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump, should the president's decision to fire Comey turns out as an attempt at obstructing justice.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said promoting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to "reset".
Candidates began interviewing for the post on Saturday at the Justice Department in Washington.
The association has already made known its choice for a new director: Mike Rogers, the former agent and Michigan Republican congressman.
"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or is of such a reputation who has no political background at all who can go into the job from Day 1", the South Carolina Republican said.
Throughout Trump's many controversies, his safety net has always been the Republican-controlled Congress, which forecloses any talk of impeachment or censure. He served as the US attorney in Manhattan from 2005 to 2008, and previously held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether to withhold their votes, but added that the issue is being looked at as a way to ensure there is a thorough investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. However, with Republicans holding the majority of seats in Congress, it would likely take a mountain of undeniable evidence to get the ball rolling on impeachment proceedings against Trump.
While Democrats have called for an independent special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation matter, most Republicans have said that is not necessary given the FBI probe and investigations in both the House and Senate. "So we can make a fast decision". On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.
The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey by a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email.
Hewitt did critique Trump's suggestion that the White House cease holding briefings. They told The New York Times that according to Comey's telling, the President asked the FBI Director for his loyalty.
They are among more than a dozen candidates Mr Trump is considering, a group that includes several politicians, lawyers and law enforcement officials.