4 candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director are in line for interviews

Even as many agents bemoan the firing of Comey and the way he was treated, "they're turning the page", Nathanson said.

Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

Many criticized the President for firing Comey amid the FBI's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

May 16, 2017: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Comey wrote a memo after the February 14 meeting with the president that said Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn.

-Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Late Thursday, The New York Times cited two unnamed Comey associates who recounted his version of a January dinner with the president in which Trump asked for a pledge of loyalty.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on "Meet the Press" that Trump has is obligated "to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane". Clinton said her campaign was on track to win the election until Comey sent the letter to Congress on October 28.

March 20, 2017: Comey testifies to Congress that the FBI has been investigating possible links between Trump associates and Russian officials since July, the same month he held an unusual news conference to discuss the investigation into Clinton. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) also called for a special prosecutor this past week. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

"No, I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview set to air in full on Saturday. Comey declined, instead offering "honest". On Capitol Hill, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe strongly disputed the White House's assertion that Comey had been fired in part because he had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file.

In congressional testimony March 20, Comey refused to say whether Trump himself was under investigation when asked directly. "The tweet speaks for itself", the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference.

Less than a week after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and Mr Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves on Friday on his first overseas trip as president. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.

He tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation.

For a White House accustomed to bouts of chaos, Trump's handling of Comey's firing could have serious and long-lasting implications.

"That I can't talk about", the president would only say.

More than that, he effusively praised Comey, telling his supporters that it "took a lot of guts" for him to do "the right thing". He also reportedly said he wanted it to move ahead without pressure from the White House.

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