The White House had no immediate comment.
The Trump administration is promising to move quickly to replace Comey.
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. After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching". Another congressional investigation is by a small subcommittee and its leader, Sen.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court past year by President Barack Obama but who was denied a hearing by Republicans.
An apolitical nominee would rule out contenders like McConnell's No. 2, Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas and former Republican Representative Mike Rogers of MI, who were among a group of eight people interviewed over the weekend for the job by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Gee, why would McConnell think this was such a good idea?
Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump for his 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 Trump may have "tapes" of their conversations. Another Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he also had taken himself out of the running. Perhaps Lee wanted to appear in the headlines or just to mess with people, particularly the Democrats. John McCain, R. -Ariz., said the intelligence sharing was "deeply disturbing".
"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", McCain said.
Lee also raised the idea directly with White House staff, according to an aide.
"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.
Rep. Mike Gallager, a Wisconsin Republican in his first term, tweeted "For the goal of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees".
"I don't want to put a strict timeline on it", he said. When asked if he had any reaction to the reports, Sen.