'Fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Trump, then the Republican Presidential Nominee, reacted favourably to the news.

As the Post notes, this calls into question the credibility of not only press secretary Sean Spicer, but also Vice President Pence, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

Speaking on Saturday to about 50,000 people at Liberty University in Lynchburg, the nation's largest Christian college, Trump made no mention of Comey or the controversy his dismissal on Tuesday caused. The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have clouded Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.

Not that it wasn't obvious already, but President Trump has now confirmed that the White House's original explanation for why FBI Director James B. Comey was sacked was false - a cover story.

The firing of Comey and its aftermath have exhibited all of the worst aspects of the Trump presidency, including the president's fragile ego (he seems jealous of the attention received by Comey, whom he called a "grandstander"), his disregard for the facts (he told Holt that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been in turmoil") and his tendency toward thuggishness.

"It's shocking to the conscience".

Asked about the differing statements he and his White House offered, Trump said, "Well, that's an interesting situation", and admitted he toyed with the idea to stop White House press briefings. He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during a dinner and in two phone conversations.

When the White House's defense of the move failed to meet his ever-changing expectations, Trump tried to take over himself.

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When President Trump ultimately makes a decision and nominates a new FBI Director, that person will head to the Senate for confirmation.

Things got pretty testy Friday morning when Donald Trump threatened to end all daily White House press briefings because "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!"

"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", he said.

Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.

The White House has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation probe. 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.

Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his staffers.