Garland not interested in Federal Bureau of Investigation job, friends say

"I think that the White House is playing word games" Greg Miller said on CNN's"Erin Burnett OutFront
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17 May, 2017

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said he could support the idea.

That deal boosted defense spending while ignoring the White House's proposed $18 billion in cuts for the environment, health care and other domestic needs.

That position puts him opposite of President Donald Trump's administration, which laid out a proposal outside groups have said adds to the deficit, despite administration officials arguing that tax reform would pay for itself with economic growth.

"I think the most important thing is for the president to pick somebody who's apolitical, who clearly has a deep law enforcement background", McConnell said.

The Senate's top Republican says "we can do with a little less drama from the White House" so the GOP can focus on advancing the party's legislative agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has mentioned Garland to Republican President Donald Trump as a possible successor James Comey, who Trump fired last week as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

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McConnell repeated his plea for the White House to drop all the drama later when he spoke to reporters after meeting with fellow Republicans, but seemed somewhat hesitant in expressing confidence in Trump. Aides have said he hopes for a full explanation from the White House. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday on Capitol Hill. "I don't think I have anything to add", he told Bloomberg. "I don't know the whole story", Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said when asked for a response. McCain also said in a statement that reports that the information was provided by a US ally and shared without the country's knowledge could mean that other countries won't share intelligence with Americans in the future.

Armed Services Chairman John McCain issued a statement calling the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the U.S.in future.

Clapper and Schumer made their comments on CNN's "State of the Union"; Graham spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press"; Ms. Haley and Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week"; and Warner spoke on "Fox News Sunday" along with Lee and Holmes. House Republicans were to hold a weekly closed meeting Wednesday morning after which Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was expected to address the matter.

"I'm not disputing it, I'm not admitting it I just want to know more", he said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested more information from the White House about the allegations. When asked if he had any reaction to the reports, Sen.


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