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By Saagar Enjeti
The Department of Justice is interviewing five current government officials to serve as interim Director of the FBI, Kelly Cohen of the Washington Examiner reports.
BREAKING: DOJ tells me who they are interviewing today for FBI director, in addition to andrew mccabe pic.twitter.com/L8ig2IPExF
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) May 10, 2017
President Donald Trump will have to formally nominate any permanent director who must pass Senate confirmation.
The interim candidates include acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, the current heads of the Richmond and Chicago FBI field offices, assistant director Paul Abbate, and current head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina.
Current head of the Richmond field office Adam Lee joined the FBI in 1996 and was elevated to his post by Comey in 2014. Lee formerly served on the cyber executive staff and also led the FBI’s Human Intelligence Program.
Comey also appointed Michael Anderson, special agent in charge of the Chicago field office, in 2015. He famously supervised the investigation over Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Evanina formerly headed up the Washington Field Office of the FBI in 2011 after a nearly 20 year career in the bureau.
Abbate joined the FBI in 1996 and has extensive experience in counter-terrorism investigations abroad. The FBI’s website notes that he was appointed assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office in 2015.