The list also includes former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and former FBI agent Mike Rogers, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, FBI Executive Assistant Director Paul Abbate, Associate Judge of New York Court of Appeals Mike Garcia, Mayor of Colorado Springs John Suthers, Boeing Executive Vice President and former federal appellate court Judge Michael Luttig, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
There was a bit of head-scratching in Washington Friday afternoon when senators revealed that ousted FBI Director James Comey had declined an invitation to speak before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday.
On Friday morning, as President Trump faced withering scrutiny for his decision to fire the FBI director while his campaign is under FBI investigation, Trump took to Twitter to reiterate the talking point he deploys whenever the topic of his campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation comes up.
"I love the FBI", Trump said, when asked whether firing Comey had anything to do with an ongoing probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Trump has claimed that Comey told him on all three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation.
The warning appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of events, the administration might produce tapes of conversations to counter that, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.
"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes; of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Durbin, on "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, suggested that the president's move to fire Comey amid its Trump-Russia investigation was "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice".
But the president told NBC News on Thursday that he was going to can Comey even without their recommendations. "That would be flawless".
He added, "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
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Mumbai got off to a flier with Simmons and Patel clobbering the bowlers all over the park, to race to 52/0 in just five overs. With the help of Shaun Marsh (25) and Axar Patel (19*), Saha (93*) carried the Kings XI to a record score of 230/3.
Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron's movement
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Describing himself as a very active President, Trump explained that at time it become very hard for his surrogates to explain things with flawless accuracy to reporters at the news conference.
"We don't believe this to be an accurate account", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary.
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.
"Even that is possible", he told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.
Spicer said he wasn't "aware" of anyone in the White House who has a recording of the dinner while refusing to answer questions about whether Trump is actually recording his meetings.
"The president obviously wants to make sure that we've got the right person", Spicer said.
The White House had said Comey was sacked "based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions".
At first, the administration said that Rosenstein "made the recommendation, the president made a swift and decisive action and let Comey go".
Trump anxious about recorded conversations - and recording his own conversations - well before he got into politics, according to former Trump Organization executives.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised it by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the U.S. president and Russia's top diplomat. Trump said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Comey was asking to keep his job. Moscow has denied any such meddling. The president's Twitter comments on Friday again raised the specter of Richard Nixon, whose secretly taped conversations and telephone calls in the White House ultimately led to his downfall in the Watergate scandal.