During a photo op with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Monday, President Trump said of the search "it's good, moving rapidly".
President Donald Trump welcomes Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House in Washington, Monday, May 15, 2017. Gowdy has been mentioned as a possible successor to Comey, but he said in a statement Monday he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he was not interested in the job.
Gowdy said the Federal Bureau of Investigation deserves a director "with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth", adding that he was confident such a person will emerge.
Trump plans to meet with the finalists, according to a senior White House official.
The meeting came four days before Trump begins his first worldwide trip, which first will take him to Saudi Arabia where the President wants to encourage Washington's Arab and Muslim partners to take new and bold steps to promote peace in the region, according to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
Speaking to the 36th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, Trump said his administration is determined "to restore law and order and justice for all Americans, and we're going to do it quickly".
Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president.
Lawmakers from both parties reprimanded Trump for his actions, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Trump that warned Comey against leaks to the press because Trump may have "tapes" of their conversations.