Search for new FBI director continues after Comey's firing

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The controversial move made by President Donald Trump on May 9 prompted accusations that Comey was fired to impede an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The controversial move made by President Donald Trump on May 9 prompted accusations that Comey was fired to impede an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
WASHINGTON -

The search is on for a new director of the FBI after the abrupt firing of James Comey.

The controversial move made by President Donald Trump on May 9 prompted accusations that Comey was fired to impede an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

So far 14 people have emerged as candidates, including republican Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and New York Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia.

Those candidates were reportedly among others interviewed over the weekend by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. 

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer declared Sunday that the Senate should refuse to confirm a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is appointed by the Department of Justice to lead the probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. 

"People would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real, independent person overlooking the FBI director," Schumer says.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is urging the president to pick a new director without any political background.

"To me, it's like appointing a judge," he says. "The president actually appoints a judge but the judge is loyal to the law. The president appoints the FBI director, but the FBI director has to be loyal to the law."

President Trump has told reporters he could make his decision on a new director public before leaving for the Middle East and Europe on Friday.

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