Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick - Schumer

"I think the process is going to go quickly". "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people. But we have to remember, he can hire and fire anybody else that he wants to do", she said on "This Week".

After his firing on Tuesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn to Comey, saying that he "better hope" there are no "tapes" of their conversations "before he starts leaking to the press".

As Trump considers Comey's replacement, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians. He spoke during a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House. But the nominee will require only a simple majority vote in the 100-member Senate, meaning Republicans can use their 52-48 majority to confirm the next director without needing Democratic votes. "If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over".

"People had issues I'm sure with Director Comey, some of his decisions, that's fine. but I think as far as his stature as a leader and his integrity, people are very upset about the way he was treated", Clapper said. "It's somebody who obviously Democrats have significant trust and respect for, they've articulated that over the past year, and someone who can do the job impartially and I think he (McConnell) is going to be prepared to make that suggestion".

He said he doesn't believe the Russians changed the outcome of the election and he has no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Some have called for some type of independent inquiry.

"We will have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move, because who the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is is related to who the special prosecutor is", Mr. Schumer said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

The former national intelligence director for the Obama administration also said on CNN that his past statements that he didn't know of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election "should not be considered exculpatory" even though they have been used that way by Trump.

Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether Russian Federation was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Graham said the Russians did interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

When asked if he meant those institutions were "under assault" internally by the president, Clapper replied "exactly", and said the system of checks and balances built into the US political system was being eroded.

The president's personal unraveling on television also highlighted the disarray in an Oval Office staff that seems unwilling or incapable of creating an internal organization to harness, or even monitor, this most impulsive and self-destructive chief executive.

The bleak assessment came days after Trump claimed on Twitter that Comey had determined "there is no collusion" with reference to his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a characterization that Comey has refuted.

Only a handful of Republican lawmakers have come out in support of a special prosecutor, but many have expressed reservations over the timing and manner of Mr. Comey's dismissal.

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