Thirty two percent of survey respondents said they had no opinion of Trump’s decision to fire America’s chief law enforcement officer. “I think as well our institutions are under assault internally”.The ousted director himself is said to be confident that his own version of events will come out, possibly in an appearance before Congress, according to an associate who has been in touch with him since his firing Tuesday.After comments that the administration intends to move “very quickly” on the process, a reporter in the White House press pool asked the president if that could mean finding a permanent replacement to spearhead the agency by the end of the week.Late Thursday evening, the New York Times posted a story that cited two unnamed Comey associates who flatly rejected Trump’s account, saying the ex-FBI director had told them he had been summoned to the White House a week after Trump’s inauguration and only reluctantly agreed to the meeting, for fear of compromising the investigation he was overseeing. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that “these are not normal circumstances”.Rogers came endorsed by the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice for the job.”The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created”, Graham said, adding, “I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all … but we don’t know all the evidence yet”. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the choice should be “certainly somebody not of a partisan background, certainly somebody of great experience and certainly somebody of courage”.But Democrats – and some Republicans – saw the move to get rid of Comey as an assault on the FBI’s Russian Federation probe and demanded that it be turned over to an independent special prosecutor or commission.Under Senate rules, Republicans could confirm an Federal Bureau of Investigation director with 51 votes. Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate.McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump’s version of his conversations with Comey.The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said Trump had made a “big mistake”.The blowback against the firing of Comey angered the increasingly frustrated president, who made the decision after consulting only a small group of advisers, anxious the news would leak out. Comey earlier declined an invitation this week to testify in a closed hearing.Aboard a short flight on Air Force One Saturday, President Donald Trump told reporters he could find a new leader to fill the vacancy left by sacked FBI Director James Comey by this Friday, when he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office.”Even that is possible”, Trump said.Trump in his interview with Holt expanded on the conversations he had with Comey after the termination letter he sent to him was made public.The president’s advisers said Trump fired Comey in response to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, then said Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless.The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.