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US: Donald Trump says he could name FBI head by next week

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 19 May 2017, 10:00 IST

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he could name a new FBI director by next week before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office.

According to media reports, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is among Trump's top choices for the job.

The President interviewed four candidates on Wednesday at the White House.

When asked about possibility of him announcning his nominee by Friday, Trump said, "Even that is possible."

"I think the process is going to go quickly. Almost all of them are very well known," Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well known, highly respected, really talented people. And thats what we want for the FBI," he said.

According to media reports, the Trump administration is considering four candidates to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. They are acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher and Judge Michael J Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

- - With PTI inputs

First published: 19 May 2017, 10:00 IST