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The Latest: Gowdy takes himself out of FBI director search

Posted May 15

— The Latest on President Donald Trump's selection of a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has taken himself out of the running to replace James Comey as FBI director.

Gowdy is a former state and federal prosecutor and chaired the House select committee on Benghazi. Gowdy has been mentioned as a possible successor to Comey, but he said in a statement Monday he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he was not interested in the job.

Gowdy said the FBI deserves a director "with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth," adding that he was confident such a person will emerge.

President Donald Trump fired Comey last week amid questions about the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.

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2 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the White House is "moving rapidly" to select a replacement for ousted FBI Director James Comey.

Trump says in the Oval Office that the administration is working to quickly find a successor to Comey. He spoke during a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House.

The administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to replace Comey, with just over half of the 14 being considered.

Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president.

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11:23 a.m.

As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians.

The advice came Sunday amid more criticism over Trump's dismissal of Comey during an FBI probe of Russia's meddling with last year's election and any ties to the Trump campaign. James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said the Founding Fathers created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding."

The White House had no immediate comment.

Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump for his actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because Trump may have "tapes" of their conversations.

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