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Acting FBI Director

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Nomination and confirmation of a new director for the FBI may take some time.  Del Quentin Wilber, Brett Forrest and Rebecca Ballhaus report for the WSJ on interviews for an acting director:

The five candidates for the temporary post, all current FBI or intelligence officials, began appearing at the Justice Department for their interviews before 10 a.m. Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Mr. Comey's unexpected removal. They included FBI supervisors in Richmond, Va., and Chicago, as well as Mr. Comey's former deputy, Andrew McCabe, who became acting FBI director shortly after Mr. Comey's firing.

Whoever is named interim director will take control of an agency of 13,000 agents and 35,000 employees, and could serve in that position for months until a permanent successor is named and confirmed by the Senate, which is likely to be an intensive and hard-fought process. The temporary chief will immediately find himself at the epicenter of the politically fraught investigation into potential collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Kremlin.
The person named acting director cannot, by law, be the nominee for director.

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