Mike Lee, conservative senator from Utah, has an idea for President Trump’s selection to replace James Comey as FBI director, and it will most assuredly leave Democrats in meltdown mode.
Lee has proposed Merrick Garland, former Barack Obama nominee to the Supreme Court.
Lee has cited Garland’s credentials as a prosecutor as well as the bipartisan support he would command.
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Via ABC News:
Sen. Mike Lee raised eyebrows in Washington, D.C., today for his suggestion that former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland could lead the FBI, a pitch that was heard by the White House first, according to his spokesman.
Lee, R-Utah, visited the White House for a tax reform meeting Wednesday. The spokesman said Kee raised the possibility of Garland as a replacement for recently fired FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump’s staff. The spokesman noted, however, that the proposal was not made to Trump directly or during the tax reform meeting.
It may not be as far-fetched an argument as you might think.
Garland has served at the highest levels of the Department of Justice. As associate deputy attorney general, he led a successful death penalty case against Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Conn Carroll, spokesman for Lee explained that Garland “has extensive prosecutorial experience including overseeing the OKC bombing investigation.”
“I think it has some advantages to it because … this is someone who has a lot of bona fides as a prosecutor,” Lee told Fox News. “He has been one who has got allies as a potential director nominee in both political parties.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to his Chief of Staff, “thinks that’s a fantastic idea” (choosing Garland).
The idea however, calculates that Democrats will stay true to their principles in having supported Garland very recently, something that cannot be guaranteed.
The notion that Trump would choose him will almost certainly cause some on the left to abandon Garland and go into attack mode. Such hypocrisy was on full display with the choice of Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court, a man the Democrats had all praised in the past but who they relentlessly attacked when he became Trump’s choice.
The rage and obstructionism being demonstrated by Democrats leaves one wondering if Trump were to nominate Barack Obama himself to a position, if they’d still fall over backwards trying to criticize the man.
Vice President Mike Pence refuted reports that he was intrigued by the idea selecting Garland. His office issued a statement indicating “The Vice President is always open and encourages Members to make suggestions on potential nominations but offered no reaction on any of the names suggested.”
In the end, while pundits are buzzing over Lee’s suggestion, it seems unlikely that Trump would pick Merrick Garland to succeed Comey as FBI director. He would have to give up a lifetime appointment to serve under Trump.
Not to mention, as Paul Mirengoff, a retired attorney writes, “Judge Garland has good reason to be angry with Republicans.”
And “I don’t want an FBI director who has good reason to be angry with Republicans,” he added.
Not to mention, Garland has major problems with conservative philosophy. But would it be worth it to watch Democrats lose their minds?
Who do you support as Trump’s choice to replace James Comey? Tell us your thoughts below.
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Sheriff Clark is my pick too. He is a tough fellow and doesn't take any guff from anyone. I know he would be fair, honest and would work very hard for the American people. Please Mr. Trump, select him!
I want Sheriff David Clark. He is a man, & not a sissy. He'd stand up for what's right. Plus it would take the wind out of the Dims sails, with them trying to unelect him. After him, Trey Gowdy. But, we can't afford to lose any of our majority, so David would be perfect. His family & country come first with him.
A former Barack Obama nominee should never even be taken into consideration -PERIOD. This would just play into the demoncraps hands and would be totally wrong.
I understand the irony behind, but NO, please NO!
I can’t meanwhile seriously comprehend why such a ‘stupid’ idea would even cross for a split of a second a republican brain… Sad!
Do NOT look otherwise to try to please these libtards after all. They won’t ever change no matter what. They have to learn how and accept how to be out of power without burning properties.
The FBI has to have this time around a real no nonsense law – constitutional law enforcement person who will go back and deal appropriately with all the long list of cover-ups and scandals under Hussein Obama. Clinton, Rice, Lynch, her predecessor, the IRS jerk and others need to be brought in and face equally the law as everyone else, period.
Until we do that, these hypocrites and twisted democrats will continue to wag their dirty fingers at the president face since they can never cope with a stinging loss from Donald Trump. Please, Sessions Sir, go to work!
In my opinion, do not choose the new FBI director out of New York. Preferably out South with serious law and ‘cop’ credentials. Too many corrupted characters with underground relationship with the Clintons and Dems...
Mister president, please do not and all your team answer any more ridiculous questions about fake Russia allegations. Put out your own memo to everyone in the white house. It’s about time to SHUT DOWN all this crap from sore losers and cry-babies silly liberals. You are the Commander in Chief.
Reps, show unequivocally some backbone for God sake, now than ever. Come on! Hypocrites Dems are no longer in power, they need to stay there where they violently belong.
James Comic, what a boob! Now that the last fake news was blown out of the water, they came now back with another bull. I've said all along since, this guy was a big joke and an embarrassment to lead the FBI. Here we are. You are NOT the United States, dude. Shame on you!
(Remember? ‘Elections have consequences…’)
Merrick Garland has no good reason to be angry at Senate Republicans. He grabbed the nomination with both hands as a capper to his career. But he never ever believed he would not be blocked through the election. It was clear from the Rose Garden introduction and press conference that this nomination was dead on arrival.
I have a high opinion of his preference for the law over ideology and of his personal and professional integrity. But, admit it, his nomination would simply be a political stunt, a form of acrobatics. You know how it plays out: Obama nominated him, he never got a hearing, much less floor vote, after lobbying Senators, he was as moderate as Obama (or Hellary) might ever nominate, Senate Dems look like cynical, biased fools if they block him (hint: that won't stop them; never has), Senate Dems blockade takes shot after shot from Trump's cannonade, it falls, floor vote, Garland is whooped through on Republican votes.
And then what happens the day after he takes the oath? Let's just drop this flaky idea from Mike Lee and move on. Hell, I'd fix Mike Lee just by floating his name. He's such an extreme Trump critic and such a solid conservative, even the mention of the job would drive him insane.
I don't know anything about Merrick Garland but if obama nominated him for anything, especially the Supreme Court, I would not want him to be the FBI Director. There has to be someone better. Maybe Rudy Guliani would be a good selection. I trust him as he loves America and would be an honest Director.
I might add that the latest fake news from WaPo about the Prez, is a way to try to pro-actively protect Hillary Clinton as the new FBI director may have much in his mind. These cronies will stop at nothing to attempt to derail the Trump administration by any means. Prosecute them, don't hold back and find out the potential foolish leakers inside the house. This has to STOP.
To the rino GOPers members who fall so fast and easily to the liberal garbage, quick to attack the president and their owns while so timid to confront the left, sorry, you're dumb and useless. You need to go away; disgusting!
I understand the irony behind, but NO, please NO!
I can't meanwhile seriously comprehend why such 'stupid' idea would even cross for a split of a second a republican brain...
Do NOT look otherwise to try to please these morons libtards after all. They won't ever change no matter what. They're not in power anyway.
The FBI has to have this time around a real no nonsense law - constitutional law enforcement person who will go back and deal appropriately with all the long list of cover ups and scandals under Hussein Obama. Clinton, Rice, Lynch, her predecessor, the IRS jerk, need to be brought in and face equally the law like everybody else, period.
Until we do that, these sorry asses of fake democrats will continue to wag their dirty fingers at the president face. Please, Sessions Sir, go to work!
Do NOT choose the new FBI director out of New York. Preferably out South with serious law and 'cop' credentials.
Mister president, please do not and all your team answer any more ridiculous questions about fake Russia allegations. Put out a memo to everyone in the white house. It's about time to SHUT DOWN all this crap from sore losers of cry babies silly liberals. You are the Commander in Chief.
Reps, show unequivocal backbone now than ever. Come on! Hypocrites Dems are no longer in power, they need to stay there where they violently belong.
(Remember? 'Elections have consequences...')
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Trey Gowdy isn't eligible for the FBI post. Trump doesn't want grandstanders and showboats running the FBI.