Trump is reportedly hitting the reset button in his search for a new FBI director

The White House is resetting its search to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

Just last week, prior to embarking on his first foreign trip as president, Donald Trump said he was nearing his decision on who he would nominate to replace Comey, whom he fired earlier this month.

At the time, former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut was considered the frontrunner for the position. But now, per the administration official, Trump wants to consider more candidates for the job.

Possible replacements for FBI Director James Comey

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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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Lieberman, who served in the Senate as both a Democrat and an independent and was Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore's running mate in 2000, currently serves as senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, & Friedman. Multiple news outlets have reported that Trump is expected to hire Marc Kasowitz of that law firm to serve as his lead counsel on matters related to the Russia investigation, which would create a conflict if Lieberman were to serve as FBI director.

Comey oversaw the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Since his controversial ouster, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller, himself a former FBI director, to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.

American FBI directors through the years

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J. Edgar Hoover: 1924-1972
William Sessions: 1987-1993
James Comey: 2013-2017
Robert S. Mueller III: 2001-2013
William D. Ruckelshaus (Acting): April 1973 - July 1973
Clarence M. Kelley: 1973-1978
William H. Webster: 1978-1987
Louis J. Freeh: 1993-2001
William J. Burns: 1921-1924
Thomas J. Pickard (Acting): June 2001-September 2001
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Other candidates who've interviewed for the top FBI job include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former congressman and FBI agent Mike Rogers, and former President George W. Bush's Homeland Security adviser Fran Townsend.

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