Trump says new FBI director ‘possible’ by Friday, candidates ‘vetted over their lifetime’
Saturday President Trump said that he could name a new FBI director by next week, as four candidates are being interviewed at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“I think the process is going to move quickly,” Trump said aboard a plane for a college commencement speech. “Almost all of (the candidates) are very well-known. They’ve 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 on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey.
The president said Saturday a new director could be named by Friday, the day he departs for his first presidential foreign trip.
“That is possible,” Trump said.
The first candidate has already been interviewed. White-collar defense attorney Alice Fisher interviewed for about 90 minutes with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
The three other people are expected to interview on Saturday afternoon.
They are acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York’s highest court, and GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former state attorney general.
That’s according to two people familiar with the search process who weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
They are among nearly a dozen candidates Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey this past week.
Fisher was assistant attorney general for the department’s criminal division under President George W. Bush.
Trump is giving a commencement speech at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va.