Trump to move quickly to replace Federal Bureau of Investigation director


The person he selects will ultimately be responsible for the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump also discussed his dissatisfaction with the media and suggested for a second time that he might cancel the daily White House press briefings in favor of biweekly press conferences where he would answer questions himself. She would be the FBI's first female director, if chosen by Trump and subsequently confirmed by the Senate. The six known candidates are among dozens of people that Trump is considering.

"I'll tell you what, they'll be very unhappy, because the ratings are so high that I don't know what these networks are going to do".

"The truth is the dismissal of Director Comey is part of a much longer pattern of this administration's interfering with or removing the people who are in a position to conduct an independent investigation of the president and his administration", said Senator Schumer. The changing rationales the White House offered added an element of chaos to the president's action.

In the wide-ranging interview, the President also defended the timing of his firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week, saying, "There's really no right time to do it". So far 14 people - lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.

In the initial moments after Comey's firing, Trump's press secretary, deputy press secretary and Vice President Mike Pence all said Trump's decision was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

About 11 people are being considered for the top job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including the acting director Andrew McCabe and the Republican Senator from Texas, John Cornyn.

Alice Fisher, a former head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, was the first to arrive on Saturday morning.

The former attorney-general of Texas and state supreme court justice is serving his third term in the Senate. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

-Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. An ex-FBI agent, Rogers drew the backing of the FBI Agents Association, which said his diverse background makes him the best choice.