According to a senior White House official, President Trump is expected to nominate a replacement for terminated FBI Director James Comey “in the coming days.”
The official did not mention possible candidates, but they did note that those being considered would be non-political and able to restore credibility to the position. According to Fox News, possible candidates might include:
— RAY KELLY: As New York City’s longest-serving police commissioner, Kelly managed the force following September 11, facing numerous terror threats. He has a reputation for being tough on crime, supporting tactics such as stop-and-frisk. As commissioner, he advocated a police operation that secretly surveilled Muslims, so he could partner with Trump and Sessions on anti-terrorism initiatives.
— CHRIS CHRISTIE: Christie has law enforcement credentials including being a former Republican-appointed United States attorney in New Jersey. His legacy as New Jersey governor, however, was bruised during the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal that was investigated by the FBI, prosecuted by the Justice Department and which toppled some of his allies.
— DAVID CLARKE: Although his selection would be a long shot, the polarizing Milwaukee County sheriff has staunchly supported Trump, and even spoke at last summer’s Republican National Convention. Clarke refers to himself as “one of those bare-knuckles fighters” and has criticized what he called the “hateful ideology” of the Black Lives Matters movement.
— TREY GOWDY: As a former federal prosecutor, the South Carolina Republican has worked on cases involving drug trafficking, bank robberies, and child pornography. He also led the House committee investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans died. Gowdy was among legislators critical of Comey’s decision not to prosecute Clinton in the email server investigation, contending that other government officials would have been prosecuted had they mishandled classified information similarly. Following Comey’s firing, Gowdy said that, though he had differences with the former FBI director on some matters, he “never lost sight of the fact that he had a very difficult job.”
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