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Wed May 24, 2017, 04:16 PM

Who will be the next FBI Director? Trump's Search Stall as Russia Investigation Expands

BY MAX KUTNER ON 5/24/17 AT 2:41 PM

Before leaving for his overseas trip, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would nominate a new FBI director “very soon” and that former Senator Joe Lieberman was a top pick. But the president is no closer to naming a replacement for James Comey, whom he fired on May 9, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The search team the White House appointed to find a new director has hit reset, according to CNN, citing an unnamed senior administration official. The press offices of the White House and the Department of Justice did not respond to Newsweek’s requests for comment on the report.

When President Bill Clinton fired FBI Director William Sessions in July 1993, the only other time in the bureau’s history that a president dismissed a director, Clinton nominated his replacement the next day. After two weeks, the Senate confirmed the replacement, Louis Freeh, and he was sworn in about a month after that. But Trump’s search seems to have stalled. At least five contenders have withdrawn their names from consideration for the position: former Assistant United States Attorney General Alice Fisher, New York State Court of Appeals Associate Judge Michael Garcia, Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy and former FBI official Richard McFeely.

The president interviewed candidates on May 17 and said he could name his pick by the end of the week. The following day, citing several White House officials and advisers, Politico reported that Lieberman was the front-runner. The president was also considering former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Earlier in the search process, he had considered former Republican congressman Mike Rogers and Fran Townsend, who had been an adviser to President George W. Bush.

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DonViejo May 2017 OP
marylandblue May 2017 #1
janterry May 2017 #2
Tom Rinaldo May 2017 #3
dalton99a May 2017 #4
vlyons May 2017 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2017 #6
comradebillyboy May 2017 #7
OldHippieChick May 2017 #8

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:19 PM

1. Ha! Nobody wants the job.

2nd worst job in Washington now, next to.be White House Press Secretary.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:20 PM

2. Maybe a good thing

I expect that Andrew McCabe and the entire agency is working overtime to get to the bottom of the whole Russia/Trump mess. A new director may (?) have been able to slow it down. McCabe is seeing, I am sure, that they are working ASAP

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:24 PM

3. He wants a political appointee. But none of them can get more than 55 or so votes

And that would be so troubling for an FBI pick that even Congressional Republicans know it's a no go. All of Trump's trial balloons are crashing. Truly qualified people don't want to work under him

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:24 PM

4. BREAKING: Trump names Alexander Bortnikov as FBI Director, McConnell promises quick confirmation

"I'm very honored that Alexander - tremendous guy, highly recommended - has agreed to take care of the FBI for me, on top of his regular job. He'll be commuting from Moscow"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Bortnikov

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:25 PM

5. People realize that Trump anything is toxic

Best to avoid getting getting dragged into all his drama and chaotic messes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:38 PM

6. What happened to Joe Lieberman?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:41 PM

7. Nothing, he is still a loathsome human being...nt

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:49 PM

8. He's out of the running, but that is all

I saw on the newsfeed.

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