Donald Trump said he expects to make a "fast decision" on a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, perhaps before he departs the US on May 19 for his first foreign trip as president.
"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One before flying to southern Virginia, where he delivered his first commencement address as president at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school.
Asked if the pick would be announced before his trip overseas, Mr. Trump said, "Even that is possible".
Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling.
"In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", he said.
IL 8th District Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has requested President Donald Trump turn over to the House Oversight Committee any recordings of conversations with recently fired FBI Director James Comey.
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation.
Eight candidates for the role were in line on Saturday (local time) for the first interviews with Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters.
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The core issue here is not whether Trump is secretly recording his meetings or telephone calls (Trump and his White House aides refuse to say whether he tapes his visitors, something he was suspected of doing when he was in business in New York).
President Donald Trump admitted the FBI's probe of then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server helped him during the 2016 election, and added that he never would have let his opponent walk free.
"I think the process is going to go quickly".
Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in former President George W. Bush's administration, was among those scheduled to be interviewed Saturday.
Ms Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney-general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division. "These are outstanding people that are very well known, highest level".
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, told MSNBC that Congress would want to look at the tapes, if they exist.
As part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department last month requested former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's banking records, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.