Saga Begins: White House Announces Start of Quest for New FBI Director

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The White House announced Friday that the quest for the new FBI Director is on.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Justice will begin to interview candidates for director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today or over the weekend, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Friday.

"The Department of Justice has begun to create that list [of candidates] and I believe they, if they haven’t already, are going to be starting the process of interviewing people either today or through the weekend," Spicer stated.

FBI Director James Comey looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (File) - Sputnik International
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