James Comey Reportedly Willing to Testify, But Wants to Do So Publicly

In this image provided by NBC News, President Donald Trump is interviewed by NBC's Lester Holt, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Trump tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

Trump told U.S. news network NBC in a televised interview that he asked Comey on three separate occasions whether he was personally targeted in the ongoing investigation, remarks that raised allegations of presidential interference in the investigation.

CNN citing unnamed source said Comey was "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have. He led a two-year special congressional committee investigation that accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's State Department of failing to protect four Americans killed in a 2012 attack in Libya.

At least five candidates were scheduled to be interviewed Saturday in Washington by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News.

In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterised as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice".

But Burr said he expects Comey will soon speak privately with members of the committee.

James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Well, it seems that Comey is actually willing to testify, just not behind closed doors.

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"I think the process is going to move quickly because nearly all of them (candidates) are well-known", Trump said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday that "you can't be cute about tapes". The pick will be under intense scrutiny since Comey was sacked while leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Clapper told CNN that he and Comey spoke about the one-on-one dinner in which Trump reportedly demanded Comey's loyalty.

One of the names the White House has floated as a possible Comey replacement is a former Trump campaign official. Today, the president tweeted out that he felt, from behind that podium, it's not always possible to present the information with flawless accuracy.

Since Trump won the presidential election last November, he's mused aloud about restricting access to the Washington press corps and even eliminating the daily White House media briefings. Trump's home state, New York, has a similar law.

Andrew McCabe, who was the FBI's deputy director, has now become its acting head after Donald Trump ousted Mr Comey earlier this week.

Different explanations have been given for Comey's firing, and the stories coming out of the Trump White House have changed each day since it happened.

"The president obviously wants to make sure that we've got the right person", Spicer said. And the reactions continue to be partisan; 58 percent of Republicans approved of Trump's decision, while 66 percent of Democrats disapproved.

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