Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Acting FBI head undercuts White House claims on Comey, probe

Multiple officials, including Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump's administration is scheduled to interview the first four candidates, among a dozen candidates being considered for the post, on Saturday. When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told the president, "You will have that", said the associates, who told the newspaper they agreed to keep the story confidential while Comey was Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Former FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, an aide to the committee's chairman, GOP Sen. Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as odd thoughts coming from his new boss. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said aboard the plane that took him to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

McCabe, a career FBI agent who ran the Washington field office and oversaw national security investigations out of headquarters, was a target of Trump's on the campaign trail following reports that his wife had accepted campaign donations from a close ally of Hillary Clinton during a failed bid for the state Senate. 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.

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John Cornyn, 65, is the number two Republican in the Senate.

Rogers came endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice for the job.

Fisher and Townsend were the only women on the list of candidates.

There is the mythology of the firing of FBI Director James Comey as advanced by the White House, and then there is the reality. Each has worked in high-profile positions in the Justice Department. Ms Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

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Among other roles, Townsend led the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which at the time handled requests for government surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage cases. Lynch herself when she chose to quasi-recuse herself from the email investigation, not just after the ill-fated meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac; according to news reports, she had made that decision months earlier.

He said that while he received a scathing assessment of Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, that memo was not a catalyst for his dramatic decision as the White House had said earlier.

Superville reported from Lynchburg, Virginia.

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