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Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

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  • Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a 'thumbs-up' as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI.

    Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman gives a 'thumbs-up' as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI.
    Associated Press

  • Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI.

    Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI.
    Associated Press

  • Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump was to interview four potential candidates to lead the FBI.

    Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The White House says President Donald Trump was to interview four potential candidates to lead the FBI.
    Associated Press

 
 

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says he is "very close" to naming a new FBI director.

An announcement could come Friday, a soft deadline set by Trump. The president sets off Friday on his inaugural overseas trip and will be out of the country for more than a week.

The FBI needs a new director because Trump fired James Comey from the job last week amid the bureau's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump said Thursday that he is "very close" to naming a director. He also said former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is among his top candidates. Trump interviewed Lieberman and three other candidates this week.

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