Friends Say Merrick Garland Not Interested in FBI Job

Former adviser Josh Holmes said, "I think the Senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea", going on to note that McConnell thinks Garland would be qualified and someone to support on a vote.

Comey's firing set off a political firestorm because he was overseeing an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign aides had contact with or even colluded with Russians to influence the election.

Mr. McConnell also said a trillion-dollar tax on imports as envisioned by House Republicans "probably wouldn't pass the Senate", but said he and others like Speaker Paul D. Ryan are now negotiating.

Mike Lee and, on Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. And the Senate Intelligence Committee is also meeting for a regularly-scheduled weekly briefing, which was supposed to be on a different topic but has devolved into a discussion on the latest controversy.

After leading the charge past year to thwart Garland, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been among those saying Garland should be considered to replace fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Trump's proposed cuts for the State Department and Agency for International Development are a particular concern, McConnell said, arguing that diplomacy is less expensive than military spending. "I don't think I have anything to add to what I've read in terms of the impact of this in the future". Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena such tapes. Trump himself has said it is possible he would choose someone before he departs for a foreign trip on Friday. "I've heard the response", he told Bloomberg. John McCain, who called the reports "deeply disturbing".

Lee backed the idea again on "Fox News Sunday".

"The Secretary of the Treasury, and [Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)] and myself are trying to reach an agreement on a proposal that we can all agree to start with", he said.

The developing story is expected to consume Congress's attention, particularly as House members return later Tuesday from a week-long recess. "I suspect the administration will brief the Congress more fully on exactly what transpired", said Sen.

"The administration and intelligence community must immediately and fully brief the House Intelligence Committee on what, if anything, was shared with Russian officials, and whether it could impact either our sensitive sources and methods, or our intelligence-sharing relationships", he said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said Trump should release the alleged transcript "if [he] has nothing to hide".

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