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'Several Individuals' Considered to Head FBI, WH Tells Newsmax

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Less than 24 hours after James Comey was fired as FBI director by President Trump, the White House told Newsmax on Wednesday the process had already begun to find a new head of the nation's 108-year-old law enforcement agency.

"Right now, I know that there are several individuals being considered," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told us at the daily briefing. She added "the first step" would be to determine an interim director until the president could submit a nominee to replace Comey for Senate confirmation.

Once Trump's letter of termination was hand-delivered to Comey in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe immediately became the acting director of the FBI.

But because of his close ties to Comey, howevever, former Special Agent McCabe is almost certain not to get either the interim appointment or nomination to be the 10th director in FBI history.

At the same time, speculation continued in the press and in Washington, D.C., political circles over the president's eventual appointee. Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a former FBI agent, remains high on virtually all lists.

The latest subjects of speculation for the directorship are two former deputy attorneys general under President George W. Bush: Mark Fillip and Larry Thompson. Fillip, also a former U.S. District Judge, is a favorite of conservatives because of his stint as clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Thompson, a former U.S. Attorney from Atlanta, would be the first black FBI director.

Former FBI agents reportedly are anxious to have a current or former special agent succeed Comey. In the last four decades, only two former agents have held the top job: Clarence Kelley, director from 1975-77, and Louis Freeh, director from 1993-2001.

Asked by Newsmax if any former agents are under consideration by Trump, Sanders replied, "I would say that he's not ruling anything out at this point, but again, as of today, the Department of Justice is handling the first step in this process."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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