"Knowing Senator Schumer, he might just very well execute that veto and say, 'Look, until we have the following demands met we're not going to vote for anyone regardless of their qualifications, '" Rounds said.
Jordan is a key ally in the USA -led global military coalition against Islamic State, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an email Tuesday that the committee had requested "additional information on recent reports about alleged dissemination of intelligence information" from the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell politely asked Tuesday that the endless stream of problems and controversy from the White House needs to stop.
Almost a dozen other names have been floated for Comey's replacement, including 9/11-era NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, FBI Richmond, Va. chief Adam Lee, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), and interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
In the wake of the House healthcare reform passage on April 4, Public Policy Polling found that Democrats' lead on a "generic Congressional ballot" has almost doubled-from 47-41, last month, to 49-38. A former intelligence official told CBS News Mr. Trump discussed "something inappropriate" in the meeting with Russian officials last week. If congressional Republicans are to begin the long journey back towards restoring the shattered public trust and reinstating the norm of politically-independent federal law enforcement, persuading Trump to selecting someone from outside their party is one start.
Garland, 64, has been praised by both Democrats and Republicans in his 20 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the second highest court in the country. "Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future". And by "as soon as possible", he added, he meant immediately.
"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount". House Republicans were to hold a weekly closed meeting Wednesday morning after which Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was expected to address the matter.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, also a member of the Intelligence Committee, said that he's asked the White House for more information.
"I don't want to put a strict timeline on it", he said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, also took the Senate floor Tuesday morning, demanding that the Intelligence Committee be given access to the transcripts between Trump and the Russians.
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