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Four candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director face interviews

Four candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director face interviews

"Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense", the Times reported.

It's a combination of qualities that may come back to haunt the president who fired him.

Before Comey was relieved of his duties, the president insists that the FBI director told him he was not under investigation for any kind of collusion with Russian Federation. "Above all, he will want to see the truth come out".

Comey's reputation for independence predated his tenure as director and famously manifested itself in a 2004 hospital room clash with fellow Bush administration officials over a domestic surveillance program.

The White House officially cited the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation for Comey's firing. Once Comey staked out a position in July, he had no choice on the near-eve of the election but to reopen the investigation when new evidence materialized.

Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.

Trump told NBC's Lester Holt: "And in fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won'".

Trump, in an interview Thursday with NBC News, had this version: "I said, 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said you are not under investigation".




The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

Coupled with Comey's independence in his almost four years as director was an unusual openness about the FBI's work.

Rosenstein made clear in his memorandum that he was concerned not so much with Comey's past arrogation of power, as astonishing as it was, but rather with his ongoing refusal to acknowledge his errors. The interviews are being conducted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The president told NBC News' Lester Holt that Comey wanted to make a pitch to keep his job.

She also was deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal. But elements of his accounts are emerging.

Todd asked if the president's tweet about tapes and Comey "constituted a threat" against the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Two days after firing FBI Director James Comey, President Trump issued a thinly veiled threat on Twitter, suggesting there could be recordings of the conversation the two men had during a dinner that took place about a week after the inauguration. The White House has disputed that characterization.

Until Comey's recent testimony, I had assumed that Lynch had authorized Comey to act unilaterally. He recalls the gregarious, six-foot-eight director sitting in a "stuffed chair and literally slumped in the seat like a kid would, with his butt barely on the chair, his knees touching the coffee table and just in a very relaxed way". "You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, No. 1; No. 2, I don't know how it got out there because I didn't ask that question".

While it's not yet known what Comey himself plans to do in his post-FBI life, he's unlikely to retire from public view.


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