Interviews well underway for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2017

Bush eventually had to resort to the recess appointment process to place her in the job.

The memo issued by the Department of Justice to explain Comey's termination attributes the decision to his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Ken Hughes, a presidential historian with the University of Virginia's Miller Center, told the Los Angeles Times that if recordings of Trump's talk with Comey do exist, they would be vital in any ongoing or future inquiry. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Comey's ouster and its characterizations of the Russian Federation investigation. He's held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI's national security branch and its Washington field office.

There are thought to be around a dozen candidates in line for the job.

Lee, a longtime agent, is special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office. Rogers is also a former FBI special agent and he was endorsed by the FBI Agents Association in a statement released Saturday. Trump himself acknowledged that problem in his interview with Jeanine Pirro yesterday, although he seems to think it's the comms team's fault for not keeping up with him.

Schumer also said Senate Democrats are weighing whether to refuse to vote on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate Trump's potential ties to Russian Federation. The decision to fire James Comey and the string of lies that followed that decision feel different to many observers. There, he led investigations of government officials and civil rights violations.


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.

A combined 41 percent have a "great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in Trump as president, compared with a combined 57 percent who have no or "not much" confidence, again mostly unchanged from April's poll. "Internally from the president?" he was asked.

"Even that is possible", Trump said, speaking on Air Force One before departing for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he delivered a commencement address. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it was "remarkable" that Trump's press secretary would not confirm or deny if there are tapes.

Three other people are expected to interview on Saturday afternoon.

A former US attorney and Colorado attorney general, Suthers was elected mayor of Colorado Springs in 2015.

They are among almost a dozen candidates President Donald Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey.


-Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general.

Former White House communications director Jen Psaki said the week's events had raised questions about whether Trump's spokespeople "are prepared, and whether credibility and honesty are valued".

She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The FBI has never had a female director, according to the AP.

On Tuesday, the White House's official explanation was that Trump had acted based on the recommendation of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether to withhold their votes, but added that the issue is being looked at as a way to ensure there is a thorough investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.


The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking US Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

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