Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's former chief of staff, Josh Holmes, on Sunday declared his old boss's strong support for the potential nomination of Merrick Garland as FBI director.

"I think the Senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea," Holmes said during a panel discussion on "Fox News Sunday." He was reacting to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, floating the idea last week. "It's somebody who obviously Democrats have significant trust and respect for, they've articulated that over the last year, and someone who can do the job impartially and I think he is going to be prepared to make that suggestion," he added.

Holmes did not share when McConnell might recommend former President Barack Obama's failed Supreme Court nominee to President Trump.

"[McConnell] certainly thinks he will be qualified and he certainly thinks he would be somebody that he could support," Holmes said.

Justice officials met with multiple candidates for permanent director on Saturday. Trump said he may make a decision on his replacement for James Comey as early as next week.