The White House has already started having conversations with some of the candidates but the sources caution that the list is fluid and could change.
ABC News has learned that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe are expected to be interviewed Saturday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, with others to follow in the coming days.
Here is the full list of candidates being considered for the post, listed in no particular order. The list was first reported by Fox News.
- Ray Kelly, former New York City police commissioner (Kelly is also an ABC News contributor)
- Mike Rogers, former House Intelligence Committee chairman. Rogers worked as an FBI agent but retired in 2015.
- Alice Fisher, former assistant attorney general
- Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
- John Cornyn, Senate majority whip, R-Texas
- Paul Abbate, executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch of the FBI
- Michael Garcia, former New York prosecutor, now associate judge on New York Court of Appeals
- John Suthers, mayor of Colorado Springs
- Michael Luttig, former federal appellate court judge and now executive vice president of Boeing
- Larry Thompson, former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush
- Andrew McCabe, acting FBI director