Trump weighs candidates to replace fired FBI Director James Comey

Interviews are in full swing as the Trump administration searches for a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey.

At least 11 candidates are reportedly being considered for the post, from current U.S. lawmakers to a former congressman and ex-New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers – a Michigan Republican and former FBI special agent who helmed the House intelligence committee while in Congress – won the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association this weekend. The group advocates on behalf of some 13,000 current and former agents.

One of these people could be the next to lead the FBI:

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

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Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating  

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FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely

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Former Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) 

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

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FBI Criminal Cyber, Response ad Services Branch Executive Assistant Director Paul Abbate

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Former NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

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Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

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Former Prosecutor Michael Garcia

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Federal Judge Henry Hudson

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Former head of the Transportation Security Administration John Pistole

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"Rogers' unique and diverse experience will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the bureau as we work to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats," FBIAA President Thomas O'Connor said in a statement. "During his time in Congress he showed a commitment to confronting threats to our country in a nonpartisan and collaborative manner."

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Two sitting lawmakers – Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's No. 2 Republican and a former state attorney general and state Supreme Court justice – and GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who led the House's inquiry into the deadly attacks in 2012 on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libiya, are also in the running.

Alice Fisher, an attorney specializing in white-collar crime and internal investigations at the law firm Latham & Watkins, reportedly interviewed for the job Saturday.

RELATED: Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey

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But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
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EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Fisher, also a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division under President George W. Bush, appears to be the only woman in serious contention for the job and, if nominated, would be on track to become the bureau's first female director.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is also in the running. He has been leading the FBI since Comey was abruptly fired last week.

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