President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday afternoon with two candidates to be the next director of the FBI, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.
Christopher Wray, a former assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005, will meet Tuesday with Trump as will John Pistole, a former TSA administrator and deputy director of the FBI who served under Robert Mueller, who was appointed earlier this month to lead an independent investigation into possible ties between the Russian government and individuals with ties to Trump and his 2016 campaign.
“The president will be meeting with two additional candidates this afternoon, both Chris Wray and John Pistole,” Spicer said at Tuesday’s press briefing. “When the president feels as though he’s met with the right candidate, he’ll let us know. But he’ll meet with candidates today and continue to do so until he finds the right leader.”
Pistole, who left government work in 2014, is the president of Anderson University, a Christian university in Indiana. Wray is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, where he chairs its special matters and government investigations practice group.
Before Trump left for his eight-day international trip from which he returned last Saturday, former Sen. Joe Lieberman was believed to have been the front-runner to lead the FBI. Liberman removed his name from contention while the president was abroad.