Merrick Garland has no interest in becoming Federal Bureau of Investigation director

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things", McConnell said, "So that we could focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare".

"We rely on our intelligence from our allies to keep us safe", Schumer said.

But two USA intelligence officials told NBC News that many people inside the US intelligence community dispute McMaster's characterization.

McConnell also reacted to last week's "drama"-the firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey-by calling for Merrick Garland to lead the Bureau". And Trump himself admitted Tuesday morning to sharing certain "facts" with Russian Federation.

"I think the senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea", former adviser Josh Holmes, who now runs the strategy firm Cavalry LLC, told "Fox News Sunday".

Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota, however, said Monday that Democrats shouldn't get a veto.

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. But that is in fact what one member of Congress suggested last week. 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. He has taken quite enough partisan abuse from Senate Republicans without them trying to trick him out of the judiciary altogether.

"Although the president has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians", she added.

The Trump administration is promising to move quickly to replace Comey.

Most Republican leaders - including McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Ways and Mean Committee Chair Kevin Brady - favor a deficit-neutral tax plan. The congressional investigation by the House intelligence committee, has been hampered by partisan sniping and the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes had to recuse himself.

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

Rep. Mike Gallager, a Wisconsin Republican in his first term, tweeted "For the objective of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees".

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