Since the firing of FBI James Comey last week, there has been a lot of speculation about who President Donald Trump might choose as a replacement.
Among the leading names being tossed around was Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former prosecutor, a popular favorite among Republicans, in part because of his great ability to grill witnesses, a talent that was on prominent display during the Benghazi hearing.
But it looks like it wouldn’t be him.
From Daily Caller:
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Monday that he informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend that he is not the right person to take over as FBI director.
Gowdy, who was widely speculated to a top contender to replace Jim Comey, said that he met with Sessions on Saturday and spoke with him a second time Monday to discuss the open position.
Gowdy let Sessions know what he thought about the position.
“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,” Gowdy said in a statement of the meeting, which was also reportedly attended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Gowdy said he appreciated the consideration and he wished Sessions “wisdom” in making the decision.
Some of the other people who were reported to be interviewing over the weekend were current Acting Director Andrew McCabe, not a conservative favorite because of questions raised about his connections to a Hillary Clinton ally; Alice Fisher, who formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on the New York’s highest court; and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a former Texas Attorney General.
Other names in speculation have included former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Anyone viewed as political, such as Cornyn, might have a more difficult time than someone considered an impartial career type in what is sure to be a contentious Senate confirmation process.
They definitely need a good choice in there soon to help calm the fires and get the agency under control again.