Word of Trump pick for FBI di­rec­tor could come within days

Cape Breton Post - - News World -

Less than a week af­ter 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.

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.

“I think the process is go­ing to go quickly. 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. “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 abruptly fired Comey on Tues­day and later said Comey was a “show­boat” and “grand­stander” who was not do­ing a good job.

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. Chang­ing ra­tio­nales for the fir­ing of­fered by White House aides added an el­e­ment of chaos to the pres­i­dent’s ac­tion.

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

So far 14 peo­ple — law­mak­ers, at­tor­neys and law en­force­ment of­fi­cials among them — have emerged as can­di­dates.

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