Trump hopeful as interviews continue for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization responded to requests for comment on whether the President recorded conversations inside his Trump Tower office.

"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is unsafe", Durbin told MSNBC, the cable news channel. They said his firing has "the appearance - if not the reality - of interfering" with the FBI's ongoing probe into whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with Russians to sway election results.

Trump had tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" But on Friday, before a tour of the Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant, Burr said that, as things stand, Trump apparently was not involved with Russia's attempt to influence the results of the election. Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now under assault and "eroding". Trump said he would not talk about the existence of any tapes.

However, sources have told Fox News that at least one additional candidate is being interviewed Saturday - Adam Lee, the special agent in charge at the FBI's Richmond office. "You can't be cute about tapes", he told NBC.

Asked directly whether Trump possessed a recording of his meetings with Comey, as well as whether a secret recording system even existed, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer. I need to see it sooner rather than later.

Mr Trump sought to play down his Russian Federation connections in the interview. Trump questioned that investigation again Friday morning, calling it a "witch hunt". An official familiar with the matter said that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors at some point.

But are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.

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Like many administrations, the relationship between Trump and the press has been tense. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

One thing is clear: It would be much easier for Trump to record in-person conversations than it was in the Nixon era.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say how fast Trump would pick a Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Since then, a lot of controversy has surrounded the president's decision.

Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

The White House said Mr Comey was sacked over the FBI's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices. On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.

"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said, adding a list of well-known figures are being considered.

Trump said the candidates under consideration to lead the FBI - White House officials have identified 11 of them so far - are "outstanding people".

"Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress", Schiff wrote. On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

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