President Donald Trump is set to interview four candidates for the open position of FBI director.
The Associated Press reports White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the interviews aboard Air Force One after Trump spoke at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut Wednesday, May 17.
The potential candidates are former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, current acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and former FBI official Richard McFeely. A.P. adds that Trump has led some to believe that he wants to name James Comey’s successor before he leaves for his first overseas trip on Friday.
Trump fired Comey May 9, in a move he called necessary to restore the trust and confidence in the law enforcement agency. He said in a statement that “the FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.”
The 56-year-old was nominated to the position with a 10-year term by former President Barack Obama in 2013.
In recent happenings, the New York Times reports a memo drafted by Comey claimed Trump tried to get the FBI to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Michigan congressman Justin Amash, a Republican, reportedly said id the memo’s content turns out to be true that it would warrant Trump’s impeachment. He wasn’t alone in sharing that sentiment, as Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, called for Trump’s impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday.
“I rise today Mr. Speaker to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice,” Green said. “I do not do this for political purposes, Mr. Speaker. I do this (because) I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for.”
Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign and his associates worked with Russia to swing the 2016 election. He has said during hearings that there is no evidence Russian hackers changed any vote tallies in the election, while maintaining they are highly confident the country interfered with the goal of getting Trump elected.