The Trump administration, working alongside AG Jeff Sessions and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, has settled on a list of 8 potential candidates for the FBI Director position.
Each candidate has been interviewed, and no further interviews are expected.
“I think the process is going to move quickly. Almost all of them are very well-known; they’ve been vetted over their lifetime, essentially. But very well-known, highly respected, really talented people and that’s what we want for the FBI,” said Trump.
Below, a rundown of the candidates:
1. John Cornyn:
- Cornyn is also considered the public face of the GOP Senate, and has been an active part of the ongoing Obamacare repeal/replace negotiations, attending almost every meeting.
- As the Majority Whip – and second-ranking Republican member of the Senate – Cornyn is well within partisan lines. It’s expected Cornyn will face a particularly fierce debate in the Senate if he opts to accept a nomination.
- It’s a political alignment leaders as diverse as Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have cautioned against when discussing FBI candidates.
2. Mike Rogers:
- Rogers has quite a resume: former FBI special agent, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and currently a Republican congressman representing Michigan.
- He received a notable endorsement from the FBI Agents Association, which emphasized that the next FBI director “understand the details of how agents do their important work”.
3. Alice Fisher:
- Fisher, a former Bush-era DOJ Criminal Division chief turned law firm leader, is reportedly well-liked across the aisle. Corporate fraud – especially as it relates to foreign contractors – is considered her speciality.
- She vouched for newly appointed Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing, and advised Mitt Romney on law enforcement policy during his 2012 presidential run.
4. Andrew McCabe
- McCabe, a 20+ year FBI veteran, has assumed the role of acting FBI Director even since Comey was dismissed.
- OpenVote News chronicled McCabe’s career.
- He has demonstrated a willingness to challenge White House characterizations of the bureau following Comey’s exit.
- Of Note: no deputy has ever ascended to the top post at the FBI.
5. U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson
- In 2010, Hudson declared Obamacare unconstitutional, and struck down the bill’s provision requiring all Americans obtain healthcare.
- A George W. Bush-era appointee, Hudson’s tough-on-crime record has earned him the nickname of “Hang ‘Em High Henry.“
- Some may recognize Hudson from his 2007 ruling sentencing former NFL star Mike Vick to two years in prison for running a dogfighting ring.
6. Fran Townsend
- Townsend is another candidate with close, serious ties to former president George W. Bush: She served as a homeland security advisor during GWB’s second term in office.
- But Townsend also worked in former president Bill Clinton’s DOJ, serving as the head of the departments Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.
- She has most recently worked as a national security analysts for CBS/CNN, and received an endorsement from one former FBI agent.
7. Adam Lee
- Lee is currently a FBI special agent in charge of the Richmond office.
- Comey picked Lee to lead the office in 2014. The Richmond office – one of 56 division offices – was Comey’s first visit following his appointment as FBI Director.
- Prior to his work in Richmond, Lee ran the FBI’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and oversaw the FBI’s global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
8. Michael Garcia
- Garcia is currently an associate judge on the New York State Court of Appeals.
- If chosen as the next FBI Director, he would be the “first Latino in history to lead the FBI,” per NBC News.
- Garcia has a few high-profile cases on his resume: As U.S. attorney in Manhattan, he oversaw the investigation into the prostitution ring leading to the resignation of then-New York gov. Elliott Spitzer. He was also central to the massive investigation into FIFA and its corrupt bidding practices.