oped: Bummer...however Trey knows what is best for Trey...keep up the good fight in Congress...who knows what the future holds...appointment as a US Attorney, SCOTUS or a run for Governor of SC
“I shared with him two things..."
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on Monday said he will not be a candidate to oversee the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the wake of former Director James Comey’s firing by President Donald Trump.
“Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth. I am confident that person will emerge,” he said.
Gowdy said he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions of his decision and gave Sessions advice about what to look for as he reviewed potential directors.Our country deserves a Director w/ not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice & truth. pic.twitter.com/SZIXbfmSOo— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) May 15, 2017
“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. I greatly appreciate the Attorney General speaking with me and respecting my decision and I wish him wisdom as he interviews potential candidates,” Gowdy said in his statement.
Gowdy, who chaired the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which conducted a probe characterized by Democrats as a partisan attempt to slam Hillary Clinton, said his main concern was America’s justice system and preserving the faith Americans have in its operation.
“Our justice system is the foundation of our republic, and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and even-handedness,” Gowdy said. “Having worked in the justice system for 20 years at both the state and federal levels and on both the trial and appellate levels, I know how indispensable it is that we respect our justice system and that it be worthy of our respect.”
The statement thanked law enforcement officers and prosecutors who had contacted him when his name began appearing on lists of potential FBI directors.
“Perhaps we can work together again in the future,” Gowdy said.
Trump has said he is looking for a fast process to select Comey’s replacement.
Although the the list of names being bandied about varies from media source to media source, most lists include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Alice Fisher, a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York State’s Court of Appeals, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is a former Texas attorney general.
Fox News has reported that Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond office, was interviewed Saturday. As reported by Western Journalism, former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is one of the names under consideration.
Fox News also offered a wide-ranging list of names that includes former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; former federal prosecutor John Suthers, now mayor of Colorado Springs; Paul Abbate, the FBI’s current assistant director; and J. Michael Luttig, a Boeing executive and former federal appellate court judge.
Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. was also being suggested for the post, the New York Times reported.
Comey’s replacement must be confirmed by the Senate. Although Republicans hold a 52-vote margin in the Senate, some have expressed concerns of how and why Comey was fired. Senate Democrats have put up a fierce resistance to most of Trump’s major appointments.
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