White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigns

In this photo taken April 20, 2017, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Dubke has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul amid intensifying inquiries into his campaign's dealings with Russia. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Donald Trump’s senior staff amid the growing Russia scandal.

Dubke, who served in the post for three months, tendered his resignation May 18. He offered to stay on to help manage communications in Washington during Trump’s foreign trip, and the president accepted. Continue reading “White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigns”

Tue, May 30, 2017: Trump interviews 2 candidates for FBI director

President Trump will interview two more candidates for F.B.I. director on Tuesday as he resumes his search for a replacement for James B. Comey, who was dismissed earlier this month, the White House said.

Mr. Trump will meet with Christopher Wray, a former assistant attorney general overseeing the criminal division under President George W. Bush, and with John S. Pistole, a former deputy F.B.I. director who began under Mr. Bush and was later made director of the Transportation Security Administration under President Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump has been interviewing a number of candidates, but one of his leading choices, former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, pulled out of consideration after Democrats raised objections.

Mr. Lieberman, a Democrat who later ran as an independent and endorsed John McCain over Mr. Obama in 2008, was viewed as too political for the post, at a time when the F.B.I. is conducting an investigation into contacts between Russia and Mr. Trump’s associates during and after last year’s campaign.

–The New York Times, Peter Baker