With the termination of now-former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump is tasked with hiring a new top cop for the national law enforcement agency. Here are the eight candidates he is reportedly considering:
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe
Andrew McCabe, 49, became the acting FBI Director upon Comey’s firing. McCabe has been with the FBI since 1996 and was named deputy director last February. The New York Times even pays him “the most backhanded compliment,” calling him a “great briefer.”
Thus far in the Comey saga, McCabe has not shied aware from publicly disagreeing with the president. For example, he was quick to contradict Trump’s statements about the low moral at the FBI under Comey’s leadership.
In the Senate, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) expressed concerns with the idea of McCabe taking over the FBI, citing “political problems.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Cornyn, 65, is currently the number two Republican in the Senate after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Cornyn has served in the Senate since 2003. Prior to that, he was the Attorney General for the state of Texas. He has also served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.
Cornyn has made few public comments about the FBI role; however, some, including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), have expressed concern over a politician serving as the FBI Director.
Another possible issue with Cornyn’s hypothetical appointment is that his vacancy in Senate leadership would spark leadership races at a time when the White House is urging the upper chamber to take on its health care policy agenda.
Former Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
Rogers, 53, served in the House of Representatives from 2001-2015. While in Congress, Rogers served as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Prior to elected office, Rogers was an FBI agent, and his close ties to the Bureau helped him secure the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association.
Fisher, 50, is currently a partner at Latham & Watkins, a Washington, D.C. law firm. In addition to private practice, Fisher also has government experience under her belt, having served as Criminal Division Chief at the Department of Justice under the George W. Bush administration, as well as having worked in the Senate during the Whitewater investigation.
Judge Michael Garcia
Garcia, 55, is an associate justice of the New York State Court of Appeals. Prior to taking a spot on the bench, Garcia was a federal prosecutor. He is best known for the investigation of the prostitution ring that caused Eliot Spitzer to resign as Governor of New York.
Judge Henry E. Hudson
There is not a ton of information readily available about Hudson, 69. There is, however, a Business Insider story on him from 2010. He was the judge on one of the first cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act. Hudson ruled that the law’s individual mandate was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court later upheld the legality of the individual mandate.
Special Agent Adam Lee
Lee runs the FBI’s office in Richmond, Virginia. He was appointed to lead the office by Comey in 2014. Before overseeing the Richmond branch, Lee headed up the Bureau’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights division.
Townsend, 55, worked in the George W. Bush administration on counterterrorism issues. She has served in high-profile positions within the Justice Department and worked for Trump campaign-ally Rudy Giuliani when he was a U.S. Attorney. She also has significant experience interacting with the media as she has worked as a security analyst for CBS News.
The White House has signaled that an FBI nominee could be selected as early as Friday. However, some in the Senate, including Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, have commented that they will not move forward with an FBI nominee until a special prosecutor is named to look into possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.