Ex-Justice Dept official pulls name from consideration to replace Comey: reports

Ex-Justice Dept official pulls name from consideration to replace Comey: reports
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A former Justice Department official has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace former FBI Director James Comey, according to multiple reports.

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Former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, has removed herself from the White House’s shortlist, CNN and Fox News each reported Wednesday. 

Trump has been holding interviews to replace Comey since he dropped the bombshell news last week that he had fired the bureau chief. 

The president pledged Saturday that he would move quickly to name a new FBI director, suggesting he would name a new bureau chief before leaving for his first foreign trip this Friday.

Trump's list of possible replacements for Comey includes several attorneys, lawmakers and law enforcement officials, however multiple candidates on the shortlist have already pulled their name from consideration.

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' Senators to release bipartisan legislation on email privacy MORE was on Trump's list, but said in a statement that the upper chamber is his top priority. Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyHouse Intelligence Republican: Claims Gowdy acted as second lawyer for Kushner 'horses---t' GOP lawmaker wants former Obama aide to testify Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI pick says Russia probe not a 'witch hunt' | Massive Verizon data leak | Agencies restricted from using Russian security software MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that he is “not the right person” to replace Comey, despite Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsDem lawmaker: Trump should fire Sessions Tillerson says he's 'not going anywhere' LA mayor vows to defy Trump administration on immigration: report MORE, the head of the Justice Department, speaking with him about running the agency.

Cornyn and Fisher interviewed to serve as the FBI’s permanent director last Saturday, a source told The Hill.

Acting FBI Director James McCabe and Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals also reportedly spoke with Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

Updated at 5:15 p.m.