President Trump is moving quickly to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey. The list is a who’s who of big names in politics, criminal prosecution, and law enforcement. It includes a few big conservatives heavyweights. The biggest name on the list by far is Rep. Trey Gowdy!
Trey Gowdy is a former prosecutor of who made a name for himself in Congress. He did a lot of work pressing the Obama Administration on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The President appoints The Director of the FBI to a single ten-year term. Their duty is to handle the day-to-day operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is the largest law enforcement agency of the US Government. However, no director other than Robert Mueller has served a full term. Mueller served a full term plus two years due to a waiver from Congress. In all, there have been 7 Directors since 1935 and 7 Acting Directors.
The first director was J. Edgar Hoover who served for over 40 years, and the current acting director is Andrew McCabe.
The ten other candidates under consideration besides Trey Gowdy
- Senator and former Texas Attorney General John Cornyn
- Former Congressman and FBI agent Mike Rogers
- Ray Kelly, the former Commissioner of the NYPD
- Retired Court of Appeal Judge J. Michael Luttig
- George W. Bush Bush Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson
- FBI Agent in charge of the Criminal and Cyber Division Michael Abbate
- Bush Assistant AG Alice Fisher
- Acting Director Andrew McCabe (under investigation for impropriety during Clinton investigation)
- former prosecutor and current New York state judge Michael Garcia
- Mayor of Colorado Springs and former US Attorney John Suthers
Since Cornyn, Fisher, McCabe, and Garcia all have interviews Saturday, May 13th, it is fair to assume they are the front-runners.
We will keep updating this story. President Trump is expected to announce his decision as soon as Monday.
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