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>> Ten days after firing James Comey as FBI Director, President Donald Trump leaving for an overseas trip without naming his replacement. And as the New York Times reports, he told visiting Russian officials that firing Comey had relieved great pressure on him, calling the former FBI chief a nut job.
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For Trump, that the latest in a stunning week of setbacks, including the appointing of special counsel Robert Mueller to probe his campaign's ties to Russia. And bombshell allegations Trump pressured Comey to stop the probe and may have shared US secrets with Russia in the Oval Office. Julia Edwards Ainsley is on the story.
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>> With the news today that Trump allegedly trashed former FBI Director Comey in the Oval Office, and his meetings with Russian officials. This, of course, further complicates Trump's search for an FBI director and whether or not the person put in place will be truly independent from the politics surrounding the situation.
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>> The Times report, which the White House did not dispute, adding to suggestions Trump might have obstructed justice by firing Comey. The FBI post remaining unfilled, despite Trump's own prediction of a quick nomination.>> We're very close to an FBI Director.>> When are you going to name one?
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>> Soon.>> Thank you.>> The storm of reports naming former senator Joe Lieberman as the front runner. The short listing of Lieberman, a former Democrat, meeting with little enthusiasm from the party on Capital Hill. Democrats saying they objected to his lack of law enforcement credentials. And that he works for a law firm representing Donald Trump.
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>> A lot of people are really nervous that Trump is trying to put someone at the head of the FBI who will, essentially, make the bureau less effective. They say they need someone who can go to the Justice Department and advocate for more resources for investigations, to get grand juries, to get subpoenas, anything they need to carry their operations further.
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>> Several other candidates had already dropped out of the running, including Texas Senator John Cornyn and South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy. The search for an acceptable name to replace Comey now continues, as Trump sets out on a week long trip taking him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Italy.