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Comey's associates say he is not seeking publicity and that they believe that an open session before Congress is the most appropriate setting. "I think it's a good idea", he told Pirro on her show "Justice with Judge Jeanine" that aired Saturday.

"Internally from the president?" he was asked.

The President has since been accused by Democrats and others of firing him because he was heading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's alleged efforts to influence the presidential election.

The former USA intelligence chief is warning that President Donald Trump is eroding the nation's system of checks and balances.

According to the AP report, sources within the Trump administration that enjoy personal contact with the president assert that he "increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesperson".

"The president is the CEO of the country. He can hire and fire whoever he wants", Haley said.

Trump is "mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News", said an unnamed White House official.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who said he is open to the idea of a special prosecutor, was more emphatic.

They are among a dozen candidates being considered for the job. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances".

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Graham says that means ruling out former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI or Sen. Rogers chaired the House intelligence committee; Cornyn is the Senate's No. 2 Republican.

Mr Garcia served as assistant secretary for immigration and customs enforcement and United States attorney under former president George W Bush. Comey would also have an opportunity to go on the record and confirm or deny Trump's claim that the he told the president on three separate occasions he wasn't under investigation.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland - the federal judge nominated for Supreme Court justice previous year by President Barack Obama. "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said.

Garland never got a hearing due to Republican obstruction, and the high court vacancy was filled last month by Neil Gorsuch. McCabe answered, "I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard.I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does until this day". Trump was also reportedly upset with the length and scope of the FBI's investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation - which in Trump's estimation is a "made-up story".

Trump abruptly fired Comey last Tuesday and his replacement requires Senate confirmation. When the opposite occurred, Trump grew incensed - both at Democrats and his own communications staff for not quickly lining up more Republicans to defend him on television. "If there's tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over".

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

The White House refused to say Monday whether it would comply with congressional requests to produce possible recordings of conversations between President Trump and White House visitors. Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation. They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Adam Lee, a special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, was interviewed as well. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. She is a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, host of the national security podcast The SCIF and founder of Kayyem Solutions, a security consulting firm.

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