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WH: Trump Getting Input From Democrats, Will Make Decision On FBI Chief Soon

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The White House confirmed to Newsmax Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump will take input from congressional Democrats on his choice to replace James Comey as FBI director.

With precisely one week to go before Mr. Trump leaves for his first trip abroad since becoming president, signs are strong from the White House that he will name a replacement for Comey before his trip rather than after he returns.

At the regular press briefing at the White House, Newsmax asked whether Mr. Trump was getting input on a possible nominee for FBI director from congressional Democrats (a number of whom, including Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, had been highly critical of Comey).

As signs were growing an FBI chief would be named sooner rather than later, speculation increasingly centered on former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.) for the job.

When Newsmax asked if Trump was planning a meeting with onetime FBI Special Agent Rogers over the weekend, Spicer replied: "I am not aware of anything of that nature on his schedule. If there is a meeting, we'll put it out for you. Right now, there's nothing I'm aware of."

Trump's top spokesman was also asked if was ruling out "political" choices for the FBI helm, including current or former Members of Congress such as Rogers.

"I have not asked the president," said Spicer, "I don't believe he has stated a sort of in and out. The Department of Justice is screening candidates and I'm sure when they feel they have a list of finalists, they'll share that with the president and he'll make a decision."

Along with Rogers, the list of candidates increasingly mentioned to succeed Comey includes two former agents: Anderson University (Ind.) President John Pistole, a close friend of Vice President Mike Pence, and Verizon Chief Security Officer Mike Mason (who would be the first black FBI director).

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

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