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Trump Broadens Search for FBI Director Nearly a Month After Firing Comey

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling

President Trump has widened his search for a new FBI director and met with two potential contenders on Tuesday.

The two candidates are former Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole and Chris Wray, a former top Justice Department official who has served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer.

Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey earlier this month after the president complained about the bureau’s investigation of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Trump has already met with several potential candidates to replace Comey, including acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who has since withdrawn his name for consideration.

During a White House press conference Tuesday, Spicer wouldn’t say whether the list of contenders has been narrowed, adding that Trump “feels as though he’s met with the right candidate he’ll let us know.”

When will Trump select a new FBI director?

Not “until he finds the right leader,” Spicer responded to a reporter.