Following the sudden announcement of former FBI Director James Comey’s termination by President Donald Trump, a number of names were immediately floated as to his potential successor in the important law enforcement post, including that of Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Disappointing many, The Associated Press just revealed that the wish of many fans of the South Carolina Republicans isn’t about to come true.
Gowdy said he took himself out of the running since he didn’t believe that he was “the right person” for the job.
In a statement posted as a media release to his official website, Gowdy remarked on the foundational nature of our nation’s justice system, which he has worked in at some capacity for 20 years, and how “indispensable” it is that the justice system is respected across the board by all citizens, regardless of political stripe.
Rep Gowdy, in stmt, says he told AG Sessions he “would not be the right person” to replace Comey as FBI Director: pic.twitter.com/8v1P5XF9Uy
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 15, 2017
Noting that he spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend about the opening at the FBI, Gowdy stated, “I shared with him two things: (1) the qualities I believe are indispensable for our next FBI Director to possess, and (2) my firm conviction that I would not be the right person.”
“I greatly appreciate the attorney general speaking with me and respecting my decision and I wish him wisdom as he interviews potential candidates,” Gowdy continued.
“Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth,” Gowdy said. “I am confident that person will emerge.”
“I want to thank the scores of law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have contacted me over the past couple of days. Perhaps we can work together again in the future,” he concluded.
Though this news is no doubt disappointing to some of Gowdy’s fans, it was nevertheless the decision that he made.
On the bright side, not being the next FBI Director frees Gowdy up to continue rooting out government malfeasance as part of his role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and perhaps even leaves him in the running to one day serve as a successor to Sessions as head of the Justice Department (Trump mentioned the idea himself previously), or perhaps to fill a future empty seat on the Supreme Court bench, either of which would fit his predisposition to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.
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H/T The Hill