The team tasked by the White House with finding a new director for the FBI is resetting its search, CNN reports. President Trump said last week he was “very close” to choosing a new FBI director to replace James Comey, who was leading the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia and was fired this month. The circumstances surrounding the firing have attracted broad attention, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment to the position designed to be a 10-year term.
At one point, former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was considered a leading candidate, but Trump has since decided he wants to see a broader range of candidates for the job, said a senior administration official. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been interviewing candidates for the job, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former congressman and FBI agent Mike Rogers, and Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush. Several candidates have removed themselves from consideration, including former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, Associate Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, career FBI official Richard McFeely, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy.