New FBI director imminent

When asked to clarify if the internal assault came from the president directly, the former spy chief added: "Exactly".

The Republican senator said Sunday that Trump should stop publicly commenting on the investigation following the President's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which he subsequently tweeted about throughout the week.

Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "under assault and is eroding".

President Donald Trump holds a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room of the White House on April 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. "The president is the CEO of the country".

On Friday, Trump waded back into the Federal Bureau of Investigation controversy, warning Comey against talking to the media and suggesting on Twitter there may be recordings of conversations between them.

Trump did not mention Comey during his speech at Liberty University.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said the White House must "clear the air" about whether there are any taped conversations. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances". Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. Graham said there may come a time when a special prosecutor is needed but not now. Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it". "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally".

Despite the controversy over Comey's firing, Mr. Trump said his week was "great", and he said "there's no good time to fire someone".

The FBI has never had a female director. "So you don't need a special prosecutor", he said. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved". "We've going to get to the bottom of it".

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Comey has made no public statements since being fired, and he declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session, ranking member Mark Warner told MSNBC on Friday.

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.

Mr. Trump said "there was no collusion" with Russian Federation, but said he wanted "to get to the bottom, if Russian Federation or anybody else is trying to tamper or play with our election".

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

So far 14 people - lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

Among those interviewed was Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office.

- Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

-Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice.

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