President Donald Trump is looking at a major shake-up in the White House. After President Trump made the decision to fire the FBI director, many have come forth expressing their opinion on the decision.
At least 8 people were interviewed by Trump admin. to replace James Comey as FBI director. President Trump is scheduled to leave on Friday for his first overseas trip as president. He told reporters on Saturday that there is a possibility of him announcing his selection before the trip.
Speaking before he took off for Lynchburg, Va., where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University. Trump said that the candidates have been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but they are very well-known, highly respected and talented people.
The replacement will require Senate confirmation. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. The number of candidates is at 14 people. They include lawmakers, attorneys, and law enforcement officials. Eight met at the Justice Department on Saturday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
Alice Fisher was the first candidate to arrive for interviews. Fisher was a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.
The other candidates include; Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Richmond, Va. The acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York’s appeals court, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general.
Also, the U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s health care law in 2010. Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security, and counterterrorism adviser. And the Former Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice.
Townsend and Fisher were the only women on the list of candidates. The FBI has never had a female director.