“Even that is possible”, Trump said, speaking on Air Force One before departing for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he delivered a commencement address.
“They’ve been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people”, the president said.
That sparked some speculation as to whether Trump’s tweet hyping the segment was intended as a dig at Ryan, which the White House denied.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the current Senate majority whip and former attorney general of Texas, is another contender who was interviewed Saturday to replace Comey.
The committee is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and any potential connections between Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and some of the campaign’s top aides.
Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division.
Anonymous sources told the Associated Press that Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York’s highest court, and US District Judge Henry E. Hudson were also interviewed.
Meanwhile, President Trump is facing growing questions about whether he secretly recorded his conversations with Mr Comey.
Two White House officials said some of Trump’s frustration centers on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey’s firing.
Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann said Republicans better strap in and be prepared to work hard to save their seats.
As the Trump administration searches for Comey’s replacement, Bharara tasked Congress with getting to the bottom of “proving (or disapproving) Russian interference” with the 2016 presidential election.
“If the propaganda “destroy-Trump” media – if they’re gonna smear and slander him and his administration and his family and lie about facts and what he’s done, why bother”, Hannity said. In fact, then-FBI associate director Mark Felt has said he was motivated to reveal Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up as the Washington Post’s Deep Throat source because he thought Federal Bureau of Investigation director Patrick Gray, a Nixon appointee, was subjugating the agency’s independence to protect the president.
“I guess the L.A Times said that somebody had seen one alongside the highway down by Santa Monica, and some other guy went over in Washington D.C. and got his picture outside the Watergate hotel”, Kadonaga told The Canadian Press Sunday night.
If anyone attempts to interfere with or block the investigation, Schumer said, “you need somebody who is going to stand up”.
Trump’s administration – embroiled in a deepening crisis over the sacking and its shifting explanation of events – will interview the first four candidates for the post on Saturday, US media reported.
The president kept to an upbeat message and did not mention the fallout over Mr Comey’s firing in his remarks.
Under fire over Mr Comey’s abrupt dismissal last week, the U.S. president told Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, that he held off doing so to avoid the controversy overshadowing his inauguration.
The FBI has never had a female director. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is widely believed to be his most trusted adviser by those inside and outside the White House, and his daughter Ivanka Trump has an office near his in the West Wing.