A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey indicates that 78 percent of Americans would prefer that an independent commission or special prosecutor investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer didn't comment when asked whether Trump recorded Comey or if recording equipment exists in the Oval Office.
Asked whether Trump had fired Comey in order to obstruct ongoing investigations, Warner said "what was going on the president's mind, I don't know".
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. White House spokespeople later refused to say whether the president's conversations were in fact being secretly taped.
"The president is the CEO of the country".
But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the president has the right to fire whomever he wants for whatever reason. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved".
Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings. John Cornyn will also be interviewed. Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
While acting Director Andrew McCabe wouldn't tell Congress on Thursday what Comey did or didn't say, he seemed to imply Trump's account was not wholly accurate.
A dozen White House officials and others close to Trump detailed the president's decision-making and his mood on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations and deliberations. Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it".
A former top aide to Sen.
"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Mr Schumer said.
The decision is subject to confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans have a majority.
But then Trump went on to argue that his administration's press briefings get high ratings and that networks would "start to cry" if he canceled them.
"There are a lot of Democrats who feel that way", Schumer said on CNN.
He also had harsh worlds for the president's actions toward Comey.
While speaking to reporters on Air Force One Saturday, President Donald Trump explained that he could nominate a replacement for now-former FBI Director James Comey sooner than anyone may have thought. But Trump later told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of the recommendation and mentioned the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation.
"Once you get to a place where there is an active investigation, the FBI director is not supposed to be in a political chain of command and that's the appearance of this situation and its timing", Sen.
Fisher previously served as assistant attorney general during the George W. Bush administration where she was in charge of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
Clapper, who resigned as DNI last November after serving for six and a half years, testified before the Senate alongside former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates earlier this week.