'Fast decision' possible on new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2017

Pirro, a former NY judge and district attorney, also asked Trump when he planned to make a decision about keeping Spicer on. John Cornyn of Texas, attorney Alice Fisher and Judge Michael Garcia for the permanent position. He is one of at least six candidates slated to interview Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Garcia, a former NY prosecutor, held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

A Duke-educated lawyer, McCabe was named past year as the FBI's deputy director, the No. 2 position in the bureau, overseeing significant investigations and operations. A former federal prosecutor and state attorney, Gowdy was elected to Congress in the 2010 tea party wave and has focused on law enforcement issues.

A federal judge from Virginia is another candidate for FBI director. The person was not authorized to discuss the process and did so on condition of anonymity.

Hudson was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush.

Acting Director Andrew McCabe has been in charge of the bureau since Comey's precipitous ouster on Tuesday.

The news conference was held without Justice Department approval, strayed from standard protocol and led to criticism of Comey's moral certitude and go-it-alone inclinations.

A deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, Thompson served as the department's No. 2 from 2001 to 2003.

He is standing in for ousted director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump this past week.


Friends of Trump believe that if he follows through with a major shakeup of the White House, the message would be: "I get it". He's held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI's national security branch and its Washington field office.

More than a dozen candidates are under consideration for the job.

Two new names, however, emerged on Saturday: FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. Trump fired Comey on Tuesday.

Lee served as section chief of the bureau's Public Corruption and Civil Rights section.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation".

He staked out public and sometimes unpopular positions on contentious social and policy issues while leading an agency historically focused exclusively on law enforcement. John Cornyn of Texas.

Asked if the pick would be announced before his trip overseas, Mr. Trump said, "Even that is possible".

"We can make a fast decision", Mr Trump said aboard Air Force One before flying to southern Virginia, where he delivered a commencement address at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school.

Drawing parallels to what was widely viewed as a long-shot bid by Mr Trump for the presidency, he urged the more than 18,000 graduates to fight for what they believe in and to "challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures".


"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said.

Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates on Saturday to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

The job requires Senate confirmation. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

During the legal proceedings, Pratt's then-president, William Weidner, at one point referred to a conversation he had had with Mr. Trump, Mr. Weidner told the Journal in a phone interview.

She's one of almost a dozen candidates President Donald Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey.

Three other people are expected to interview Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

The FBI has never had a female director.

Mr Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticised Mr Comey's firing.

Trump is not happy with his administration at the moment.


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