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FBI Director Candidates

A couple of developments on the search for a new FBI Director, as reported in the WSJ:

Rebecca Ballhaus reports:

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, once a leading contender for FBI director, on Thursday withdrew himself from consideration for the post in a letter to President Donald Trump, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The former Connecticut senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate works at the same law firm as Marc Kasowitz, whom Mr. Trump retained earlier this week to serve on a team of private attorneys representing him in the broad special-counsel probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. "I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner," Mr. Lieberman wrote in the letter dated Wednesday ....

Del Quentin Wilber reports:

Top Justice Department officials recently interviewed a former U.S. attorney to be the next FBI director, as the Trump administration continues its search for someone to lead the nation's top law enforcement agency.

That search has been less public during President Donald Trump's current overseas trip, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke last week with Ken Wainstein, a top national security official in the George W. Bush administration, according to a person familiar with the selection process.
Mr. Wainstein, a Republican and widely respected defense lawyer, is seen as having the bona fides and experience to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the abrupt firing on May 9 of former Director James Comey, according to Justice Department officials.

But at least one action in his background could pose a challenge to his nomination. In August, Mr. Wainstein and 49 other former Republican national security officials signed a letter saying Mr. Trump lacked the "character, values and experience to be president."

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