'Fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

FBI agents changing Facebook profile to photos of James Comey in gesture normally reserved for slain colleagues

All are former high-level employees who worked for Mr. Trump over a span of three decades.

"Even during the campaign, some people might have thought of him as brash and I just thought of it as just an average New Yorker".

A person familiar with the process says U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson is among at least six candidates set to interview Saturday at the Justice Department.

The former employees told the Journal they were fearful to speak with their names attached.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner - a moderate Republican - said that for the GOP to be successful, they are going to have to reach out to voters they have previously alienated.

Mr Trump denied that account in a Fox News interview on Friday.

Huckabee Sanders also accused Clinton of undermining Michelle Obama's "when they go low, we go high" dictum by criticizing Comey - something she spent a good chunk of this week doing - and characterized such attacks as "off message".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper raised doubt about Trump's assertion that Comey had assured him he was not under investigation.

At the State Department, regular daily briefings - which are as closely followed by the diplomatic corps as the White House press conferences - have not resumed since late January, save for a few exceptions in March. "[The candidates] have been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people".

According to a report by the Associated Press, Trump is considering enlisting the aid of Fox News after his own White House media relations team consistently contradicted itself in justifying the sudden firing of Comey.

The list of candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to grow Saturday, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions interviewed five potential replacements for the ousted James Comey. "Almost all [the candidates] are very well known". And on top of all the petty indignities, every time Spicer finishes putting out one political brushfire, Trump's back on Twitter playing with matches again.

"He recorded virtually everything in the office", one former high-level Trump Organization employee said.

Another former employee said that the recordings he was aware of were infrequent.

Hosko said just before his 2014 retirement, he was called into the director's office, arguably the most buttoned up inner sanctum of the nation's premier law enforcement agency.

At Liberty, Trump peppered his remarks with the kind of anti-establishment rhetoric that fueled his maverick presidential campaign, telling graduates to challenge "entrenched interests".

The bleak assessment came days after Trump claimed on Twitter that Comey had determined "there is no collusion" with reference to his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a characterization that Comey has refuted. Trump and Weidner, in order to demonstrate that Mr. Weidner had wrongly described the conversation, according to Mr. Weidner.

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

The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice.

After Trump made a decision to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news, given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat previous year.

-Michael Rothfeld and Mark Maremont contributed to this article.