Potential interim FBI directors being interviewed Wednesday: report

Potential interim FBI directors being interviewed Wednesday: report
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Potential candidates to serve as interim FBI director are reportedly being interviewed Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

CNN reported Wednesday that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is one of those being interviewed, according to a Justice Department official, following the shocking firing of Director James Comey on Tuesday evening.

McCabe is currently serving as acting FBI director.


An announcement about who will serve as interim FBI director is expected to come later Wednesday or Thursday.

Four to eight candidates are set to be interviewed, and the candidates are not limited to FBI officials.

President Trump dismissed Comey, who has been leading the politically charged investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow, saying it was done at the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein.

The dismissal came in a signed letter from Trump to Comey that said it was time for a "new beginning" at the nation's "crown jewel of law enforcement."

His ouster set off a political firestorm in Washington, with Democrats and some Republicans calling for an independent prosecutor to be appointed to open a new Russia probe.