Ex-FBI official withdraws name from consideration to replace Comey: report

Greg Nash

Former FBI official Richard McFeely has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration to replace James Comey as FBI director, according to a report by a Washington ABC affiliate. 

Sources told WJLA that McFeely withdrew his name from President Trump’s FBI director shortlist. Three potential candidates left include former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), former Republican Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe.

Trump has been searching for a replacement director since he dropped the bombshell news last week that he had fired Comey.

{mosads}The president pledged last week 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, which he has recently begun. 

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) was on Trump’s list, but said in a statement that the upper chamber is his top priority. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Monday that he is “not the right person” to replace Comey, despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the head of the Justice Department, speaking with him about running the agency.

Former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, also removed herself from the White House’s shortlist earlier this week.

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