Reporters have confirmed that at least 11 government officials are being considered to replace recently terminated FBI Director James Comey, whose unexpected firing Tuesday by President Donald Trump sent shock waves through the political community.
According to Fox News, four of these candidates were expected to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for an initial round of interviews Saturday.
These four were Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.
A list of all 11 candidates may be viewed below:
- Alice Fisher, assistant attorney general
- Andrew McCabe, acting FBI director
- John Cornyn: Texas senator
- John Suthers: Colorado Springs mayor
- Larry Thompson: former deputy attorney general
- Michael J. Garcia: New York Court of Appeals judge
- Michael Luttig: former federal appellate court judge
- Mike Rogers: former House Intelligence Committee chairman
- Paul Abbate: FBI official who serves as executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch
- Trey Gowdy: Republican congressman from South Carolina
- Ray Kelly: former New York City police commissioner
Of special interest to many conservatives was Gowdy’s inclusion in the list.
Long a conservative favorite, Gowdy cemented his national reputation by grilling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top officials during the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigations into what occurred before, during and after the 2012 terror attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
For a reminder of what these fierce grilling sessions sounded like, play the video below:
As noted by McClatchy, Gowdy has not yet indicated any “formal interest” in the position, but that hasn’t stopped others from recommending him for the position. What’s shocking is that even one Democrat felt that he represented the best choice.
“Dems are going to hate me for this, (but) the best replacement for Comey is Trey Gowdy,” said former South Carolina state. Rep. Bakari Sellers, according to McClatchy. “He’s as honest as the day is long.”
Comey, a career prosecutor before he became a politician, is also tough as nails and not prone to being influenced by anybody.
Regardless, according to a White House official who spoke with Fox News, the list remains “fluid,” meaning names may still be added or removed at the president’s discretion.
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