Trump looks to move quickly on appointing new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Trump looks to move quickly on appointing new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director could be named in the next week.

And they're not wasting time. And the new director will nearly certainly have to work to maintain the bureau's credibility by asserting political independence in the face of a president known for demanding loyalty from the people he appoints.

The new poll found 39 percent approve of Trump's performance as president, while 54 percent disapprove and 7 percent are unsure.

One contender who could prove politically palatable is Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney in Manhattan with significant experience in terrorism and public corruption investigations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed eight candidates Saturday, including some who were not among the names distributed a day earlier by the White House. The FBI has never had a female director. He later resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced.

Rogers was a former FBI special agent and chairman of the House intelligence committee before becoming a CNN national security commentator and has the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association.

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One Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he had taken himself out of the running.

After Trump made a decision to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news, given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat previous year.

In total 11 people are reportedly being considered for the position, which requires further confirmation from the Senate.

Two White House officials said some of Trump's frustration centers on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey's firing.

Lawmakers from both parties also criticized Trump's actions last week, which included changing explanations from the White House for the firing and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations. John Cornyn of Texas, explaining that "these are not normal circumstances". He increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesperson, according to multiple people who have spoken with him.

Schumer said Thursday that Rosenstein would be invited to the Capitol for a briefing before senators on Comey's firing, a statement McConnnell later confirmed. The firing drew a wave of criticism in large part because the FBI has been investigating whether election meddling by Russian Federation involved people in Trump's presidential campaign, and Trump said in an interview with NBC that the investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.

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