"I think the process is going to go quickly", said Trump, before delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia. Candidates are already interviewing for the job as the nation's top law enforcement officer.
Donald Trump is denying recent reports that he asked for former FBI Director James Comey's loyalty a few days after he was sworn in as president.
Trump predicts quick nomination to replace Comey at FBIU.S. President Donald Trump is predicting a quick nomination process to replace the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired this past week.
Since firing Comey, Trump has raged at Democrats and other critics who have blasted him for firing the man who was spearheading an investigation centered around him.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week, and told NBC News that he did so out of frustration with the agency's continued investigation into alleged Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
"In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump told Holt during the interview. Trump, who is scheduled to leave Friday on his first overseas trip as president, told reporters Saturday that it was possible he could announce his selection before then.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, who is the current Senate majority whip and a former Texas attorney general, is also in the running.More news: Pune take on Mumbai in IPL final showdown
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"I guess I was a little bit surprised, because all of the Democrats, I mean, they hated Jim Comey", Trump said. The six known candidates are among dozens of people that Trump is considering.
In a sudden move late Tuesday night, Trump fired Comey, who had six more years left in his term.
The first candidate to arrive for interviews was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.
- Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia.
- Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.
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.