Trump may pick Comey's replacement next week

"He can hire and fire whoever he wants", she said. He joins me in the studio. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans said they approve of Comey's dismissal, with 8 percent signaling disapproval and 33 percent with no opinion.

"Well, the difficulty, and I look at this as former prosecutor, can you prove obstruction based on the president's own words when we don't know whether we can believe this president?"

MARTIN: Even though the administration completely denies this.

DETROW: That's right, but let's just walk through this for a little bit.

The tweets come as White House press statements created confusion regarding the timeline of the recent ouster of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump, who has been preparing for his first foreign trip to the Middle East and Europe late next week, also will deliver the commencement address to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.

One Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he had taken himself out of the running.

In firing Comey, Trump said he knew he ran the risk he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

"Every day that something unexpected comes up out of the White House, we see people freaking out and then outside of Washington it doesn't really have that big of an impact", he said.

On Twitter, Trump appeared to suggest that if Comey gave his version of contacts between them, the administration might produce tapes of conversations, although it was not clear if such tapes exist.

The FBI has never had a female director, according to the AP. Laura Ingraham tweeted that the reporting was "false", while Hugh Hewitt said Comey's successor was what mattered.

Mr Trump contradicted previous White House explanations for the firing of Mr Comey. But are they pointing to any evidence of this?

Concern about his "tapes" tweet prompted two House Democrats, John Conyers Jr. and Elijah E. Cummings, to request the release of any such recordings of conversations. You know, in the department of ideal timing, James Comey had been scheduled to testify in front of the Senate yesterday. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, testifying in place of Comey, promised to tell the panel of any White House meddling into the agency's probe.

Andrew McCabe, 49, is a career Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

DETROW: McCabe said a couple other interesting things at this hearing. No one other than the reporters and Trump had been in the office. He said that Comey told him that he wasn't under investigation. "I had it in Moscow long time ago, but other than that I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said, referring to the pageant.

MARTIN: So many questions. "If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over".

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