Decision on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director 'within days'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Friday

"It was classless", said the former agent, who maintains close ties to many agents. "Nobody on the campaign that I know has colluded with the Russians".

Spicer denied that account, insisting that the president simply "wants loyalty to this country and the rule of law". As Trump Derangement Syndrome has infected the political elite and Russia-ism has replaced Birtherism as the fever swamp fantasy, more and more lawyers and judges are headed in this direction. Regardless, he said Moscow should be "punished".

As ever in Washington politics, self-interest comes first. And there is reason for him to feel this way.

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Friday that Comey was uneasy about attending the dinner due to the "appearance of compromising the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is a hallowed tenet in our system". Republicans contend existing bipartisan investigations underway in Congress are sufficient. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Mr Trump, former House representative Mike Rogers of MI and senator John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances". And while Trump praised chief of staff Reince Priebus after the House passed a health care bill last week, associates say the president has continued to raise occasional questions about Priebus' leadership in the West Wing.

While conservative news shows feed the electorate with alternative narratives about what is going wrong in Washington, social media now floods voters with fake news that confuses many people about what they should believe.

At the beginning of this week, it seemed reasonable, if tenuous, to argue that this was a decisive act grounded in a genuine concern about Comey's performance that was just rolled out awkwardly by the president, independent of the escalation of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump no doubt depends on the idea that the short attention span of the country helps him survive this crisis.

Amid the turmoil, numerous bureau's 13,000 agents are simply trying to keep their heads down and move past this week's events with hopes of getting a new director in place as quickly as possible. "At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power". That tactic worked well in the campaign, during which voters could barely keep up with every new Trumpism. "If there's tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over". They allowed Flynn to staff the executive branch and listen in on his first official call with Vladimir Putin. Disillusionment with politics is so strong that public attitudes could insulate him.

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said. In addition, he publicly dismissed President Trump's allegation that President Obama personally ordered wire-tapping the Trump Tower, where Mr Trump often used as his residence before becoming the president.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, went further Friday and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should appoint an independent special prosecutor to pursue possible criminal charges related to Comey's firing, although he did not specify if he meant such charges should be against Trump. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready".

It's worth mentioning that Florida, where the President spends many weekends, requires "two-party consent" for recording a conversation.

Americans can't assume that the system will work.

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