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Trump: 'Fast decision' on new FBI director

May 14, 2017

US President Donald Trump has said the process to nominate a new director for the FBI was going "quickly," with at least six candidates in the running. Trump abruptly fired former director James Comey earlier this week.

Donald J. Trump
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/Consolidated/R. Sachs

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that "we can make a fast decision" on a new FBI director, adding it could be done by the end of next week.

"I think the process is going to go quickly," said Trump, before delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia. "[The candidates] have been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people. And that's what we want for the FBI."

Trump abruptly fired former director James Comey on Tuesday after he allegedly requested more funding from the US Department of Justice to investigate purported Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Trump did not mention Comey during his speech at Liberty University.

Trump, Comey and Russian election interference: Miodrag Soric from Washington

Candidates in the running

There are six known candidates who interviewed for the position on Saturday at Justice Department headquarters.

The first person to be interviewed for the position was Alice Fisher, who served as assistant attorney general for the criminal division during the George W. Bush administration. If she is selected, Fisher would become the first female FBI director.

James Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey was fired on TuesdayImage: picture-alliance/AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Adam Lee, a special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, was interviewed as well. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also interviewed, despite his repeated willingness to break from the White House explanations of Comey's ouster.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, who is the current Senate majority whip and a former Texas attorney general, is also in the running.

Anonymous sources told the Associated Press that Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and US District Judge Henry E. Hudson were also interviewed. Garcia previously held major positions in the Commerce Department, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein conducted the interviews. The six known candidates are among dozens of people that Trump is considering.

kbd/cmk (AP, Reuters)