Trump says 'fast decision' possible on new FBI director

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

"Trump has an authoritarian impulse", political scientist and Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump's actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations.

That led Trump to tweet Friday morning, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy". Comey found the allegations confounding, according to his associate, and wondered what to make of what he described as unusual thoughts coming from his new boss.

For a White House accustomed to bouts of chaos, Trump's handling of Comey's firing could have serious and long-lasting implications. Trump would not directly answer questions about whether Spicer, who was out two days because of Naval Reserve duty, would remain in his job.

According to a poll conducted by NBC News / Survey Monkey, nearly 50 percent of Americans are confident that Trump fired Comey because of his participation in the probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential polls.

In fact, Trump wants investigators to get to the bottom of Russian involvement in the election, Spicer said, including debunking the "false narrative" that the Trump campaign was somehow involved.

It's not unheard of for presidents to record conversations, using different systems to do so, with and without participants' knowledge.

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen.

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"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", he said, adding, "I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all ... but we don't know all the evidence yet". During an interview with NBC News, Trump characterized the Federal Bureau of Investigation as being "in turmoil" and said he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended.

"It's always the president's decision", Spicer said.

Trump confidants say Bannon has been marginalized on major decisions, including Comey's firing, after clashing with Kushner.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized", said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air". Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said. He said there has been no interference so far.

Fisher, who would become the FBI's first female director if nominated and confirmed, was an assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the Justice Department and served as a counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated Bill and Hillary Clinton over Whitewater.