Trump admin. has interviewed at least 8 people to replace James Comey as FBI director

—Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

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Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Comey’s firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election. Some lawmakers have alleged the firing was an effort to stifle that FBI probe.

Fisher and Townsend were the only women on the list of candidates. The FBI has never had a female director.

Comey’s replacement requires Senate confirmation. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.

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

—acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

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Trump, who is scheduled to leave Friday on his first overseas trip as president, told reporters Saturday that it was possible he could announce his selection before then.

So far 14 people — lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them — have emerged as candidates. Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

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Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions and Rosenstein were involved in the interviews because the FBI director reports to them as attorney general and deputy attorney general.

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) In this May 3, 2017 photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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“They’ve been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people. Almost all of them are very well-known,” Trump said before taking off for Lynchburg, Va., where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. “I think the process is going to go quickly. And that’s what we want for the FBI.”
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An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice. —Former Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president’s action. The firing drew a wave of criticism in large part because the FBI has been investigating whether election meddling by Russia involved people in Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a “showboat” and “grandstander” who was not doing a good job.

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—Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York’s appeals court

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President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be FBI director and Trump has said a decision could come within days. WASHINGTON — Less than a week after U.S.

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—Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Richmond, Va.