WASHINGTON — President Trump is widening his search for FBI director, meeting with two additional candidates to replace ousted director James Comey.

Then-Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole testifies on Capitol Hill in 2014. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Trump met with Pistole and Chris Wray, a former top Justice Department official, as possible candidates to fill the job of FBI director. Associated Press/Molly Riley

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was meeting Tuesday with two contenders to lead the agency: former Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole and Chris Wray, a former top Justice Department official who has served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer.

Trump is still on the hunt for a new FBI director three weeks after he fired Comey and expressed hopes of naming a new leader for the bureau before his first overseas trip, which ended Saturday. Before he departed, Trump met with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe. Lieberman later pulled his name from consideration.

Spicer declined to provide a short list for the position, telling reporters that when Trump “feels as though he’s met with the right candidate he’ll let us know.” He said the president would continue to meet with candidates “until he finds the right leader.”

Asked about the FBI vacancy, Keating said in an email to The Associated Press, “I remain interested and I remain comfortable with the President’s widening of the circle. The more faces, the more opportunity for a solid choice. My fingers are crossed but I am satisfied with the process.”

Pistole spent more than two decades with the FBI, serving as deputy director for six years before President Barack Obama picked him to lead the TSA in 2010. He oversaw the transportation agency during turbulent stretch as it sought to balance passenger privacy with safety. He currently serves as president of Anderson University in Indiana

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