U.S. President Donald Trump is predicting a quick nomination process to replace the FBI director he fired this past week. Candidates are already interviewing for the job as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
CGTN’s Connie Lee reports.
Trump predicts quick nomination to replace Comey at FBIU.S. President Donald Trump is predicting a quick nomination process to replace the FBI director he fired this past week. Candidates are already interviewing for the job as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. CGTN’s Connie Lee reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he could announce a replacement for FBI Director James Comey by May 19, when he is due to begin his first overseas trip as president.
“I think the process is going to move quickly because almost all of them (candidates) are well-known,” Trump said. “They have been vetted over their lifetime, essentially. They are very well-known, highly respected, talented people and that is what we want for the FBI.”
Candidates began interviewing for the post on Saturday at the Justice Department in Washington.
Alice Fisher, a former head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, was the first to arrive on Saturday morning. She would be the FBI’s first female director, if chosen by Trump and subsequently confirmed by the Senate.
Other leading candidates include U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and Andrew McCabe, the current acting FBI director.
McCabe may have hurt his chances when he testified to a congressional committee that FBI agents had not lost confidence in Comey. The contradicted one of the White House’s stated reasons for firing Comey.
President Trump made no mention of the controversy surrounding Comey’s firing during a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia.
The person he selects will ultimately be responsible for the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
Trump acknowledged in an interview that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he decided to fire Comey.