WASHINGTON – The Trump administration met in interviews with at least eight potential candidates for James Comey’s estate as the FBI leader, less than a week after his dismissal. The White House has made its final choice could be announced within a few days.
President Donald Trump, who must make his first trip overseas since his election, said it was possible that he would make his decision before.
As he was preparing to leave for Lynchburg, Virginia, Trump told reporters he thought the process to be able to fill the vacant FBI director position was “fast”. He added that “almost all” candidates were “very well known, highly respected and truly talented.”
The American president dismissed Mr. Comey on Tuesday. He argued that he was not doing his job well. The dismissal has sparked a wave of criticism, mainly because the FBI is investigating the alleged interference of Russia in the 2016 election campaign that led Mr. Trump to the presidency.
Mr. Comey’s successor, once selected, will have to await the confirmation of the Senate in order to take office.
The FBI director is appointed for a 10-year term, but may be dismissed by the president.
Fourteen people have been considered candidates for James Comey’s estate to date. Eight of them met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, on Saturday at the Department of Justice.
There is Alice Fisher, a senior official in the Department of Justice under the administration of George W. Bush.
Here are some other candidates met:
- Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Richmond, Virginia;
- Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe;
- A former prosecutor and associate judge in a New York Court of Appeal, Michael J. Garcia;
- Texas Senator John Cornyn, who is also a former Attorney General in the same state;
- A former Bush administration advisor on Internal Security and Counter-Terrorism, Frances Townsend.