“He’s a by-the-book guy and one of the straightest shooters I’ve ever encountered”, King said. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard.
Given the partisan uproar over Comey’s firing, Democrats seem unlikely to support any Federal Bureau of Investigation candidate put forward by Trump. In his testimony he defended his former boss, contradicting assertions by administration officials and Trump that Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI’s rank-and-file. The New York Times first reported that Israel was the source of the information.
Lee recently suggested that Trump replace Comey with D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland, a move that would give Trump the opportunity to fill Garland’s current post with a conservative judge.
“If these reports are true, the president’s brazen attempt to shut down the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy”, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday it would also ask for documentation of the conversation between Comey and Trump. Several former employees have said that Mr Trump recorded phone calls as a property developer in NY. He’s viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press. “I was thinking about it then”, Trump said. No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats’ 48. Trump fired Comey this week. He increasingly sees himself as the White House’s only effective spokesperson, according to multiple people who have spoken with him.
In response, Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump last week, merely agreed that Flynn was a good guy without suggesting that the investigation was to be brought to an end.
“What you have is contemporaneous documentation of Comey’s recollection of what the president said”, said Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama.
This is not surprising, considering the president’s nearly pathological inability to admit fault, as well as the reputation he earned for using his employees as human shields during his presidential campaign. “He’s a little bit like a quarterback that gets ahead of his offensive line”.
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”. Coming days before Trump’s first trip overseas, it also raised questions about his standing with world leaders and led some countries to start second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing.
It said that Trump told Lavrov about a specific IS bomb threat.
Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman has already dismissed the reports of Trump leaking intelligence to Russian Federation, claiming that they have been fabricated as part of a wider media “sensation” around Lavrov’s visit.