Trump to meet four candidates for Federal Bureau of Investigation director: Spicer

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. However, a DOJ spokeswoman said Wednesday that Mr. Sessions had spoken with all four of the candidates mentioned by the White House. In this photo taken August 1, 2011, then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. speaks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump will be meeting l. He also disputed the administration's characterization of the Russian Federation investigation. Lieberman described a "good meeting". McFeely declined to comment.

Cornyn, who the officials say was intrigued by the idea and initially interested, ultimately withdrew from consideration after a number of his colleagues said they believed Trump should shy away from picking a GOP politician.

"We're very close to an Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Trump said Thursday when asked about the search during an Oval Office appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. But a senior administration official tells NBC News that this is the first day that the president will meet with candidates to replace James Comey. Trump fired Comey from his post last week. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was not already public. John Cornyn of Texas, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

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In addition to Lieberman, the president will meet with former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, who worked previously as a US attorney and as the No. 3 official in the Justice Department; Richard McFeely, a former FBI official who spent more than two decades in the bureau; and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who has taken over for Comey in the short term.

It was reported Tuesday that Comey wrote a memo in February that said Trump had twice asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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