Posted : MAY 13, 2017




LYNCHBURG, Va. — President Trump said on Saturday that he would move quickly to appoint a replacement for the ousted F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, declaring that “it’s possible” he could select a permanent leader before leaving for a long overseas trip next Friday.

“We can make a fast decision,” Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One before taking off to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University here.

The president would not say who was on his short list, only that he was reaching out to “outstanding people” at “the highest level” who are “very well known.”

Potential picks include Senator John Cornyn of Texas; the acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe; Alice Fisher, a Washington lawyer who ran the criminal division of the Justice Department in the Bush administration; and Judge Michael J. Garcia of the Court of Appeals in New York. They are all scheduled to be interviewed by Mr. Trump and senior administration officials, according to two officials.

The list also includes Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina; former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan; and Raymond W. Kelly, the former New York police commissioner.

Mr. Trump has faced growing criticism over his sudden dismissal of Mr. Comey. The administration has repeatedly shifted its justification for the firing, and the president has suggested that he may have surreptitiously recorded conversations with Mr. Comey.


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