A former federal attorney who served as homeland security adviser in the George W. Bush administration has been interviewed for the job of FBI director, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the Journal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke last week with Ken Wainstein as part of the hunt for a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey.
The Journal reported there might be one challenge to his nomination: Last August, Wainstein and 49 other former GOP national security officials signed a letter saying Donald Trump lacked the “character, values and experience to be president."
Wainstein served as the chief federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., before joining the Bush administration as a top national security official in 2006. Bush named him homeland security adviser in 2008, a position he held until the end of Bush's term, The Hill reported.
The Journal reported Sessions has interviewed at least 10 candidates for the job, four of them on the eve of the president’s departure for his first overseas trip, including Acting Director Andrew McCabe, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Republican Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official. Lieberman is reportedly out of the running, and McFeely has reportedly withdrawn.
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