Trump hopes to nominate new Federal Bureau of Investigation director quickly

But he has shown a repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of the dismissal and its characterizations of the Russian Federation investigation.

The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey.

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Mr. Trump insisted Comey "gave [Hillary] a free pass, like nobody's ever, ever gotten a free pass", but Mr. Trump said he was "surpised" by the reaction from the Democrats because he thought it would be a "very popular thing".

In a report that added to critics' charges that Trump has overstepped the norms of his office, the New York Times reported that the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him, a request that would undermine the standing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as an independent law enforcer.

"I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election", McCain said in a statement.

Trump says "even that is possible".

"I think the process is going to go quickly", he said, adding that the candidates under consideration were mostly well known. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard.

In addition, former DOJ officials Laurence Silberman, Jamie Gorelick, and Larry Thompson all concluded that FBI Director Comey "violated his obligation to "preserve, protect, and defend" the traditions of the Department and the FBI", wrote Rosenstein in the memo.

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

Trump continued: "I was with lawyers watching that".

The way Comey handled the situation is "disgraceful", according to Trump. Trump fired Comey this past week.

He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.

First, the White House said Trump fired Comey because the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended it. For instance, the special House committee that probed the attacks on the US installations in Benghazi, Libya, was marked by bitter clashes between the Republican majority and their Democratic counterparts.

But Trump's team recognises that they've been forced on the defensive.

Trump, speaking to reporters that day, said that he fired Comey because Comey "wasn't doing a good job".

The former director of the agency, James Comey, was sacked by Trump earlier this week in a stunning move that has raised questions about the underlying motivation.

"He's a little bit like a quarterback that gets ahead of his offensive line".

Under current law, however, there is no mechanism to appoint an independent counsel or prosecutor.

Then in six tweets Friday morning Trump raised more questions.

Any bill that establishes the commission would also require Trump's signature, an unlikely ask of a president who seems desperate to move on from the Russian Federation investigation.

"It was all him", Spicer said, referring to Rosenstein.