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James Comey Fired: Replacement Candidates for FBI Director

Former FBI Director James Comey (Getty)

Just one day after allegations that he misspoke at a Senate hearing surfaced, President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.

The massive news broke late in the afternoon May 9 when the White House released a statement saying Comey had been terminated, effective immediately.

Trump said in a statement that he acted on the “clear recommendations” of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement.

Read below to see the recommendation letter from Sessions and the official letter from Trump to Comey notifying him that he was fired.

The statement said that a search for a new director will begin immediately.

Whoever the new nominated FBI director is, he or she must go through a full confirmation process and needs 51 votes to be confirmed by the Senate. That’s because Sen. Mitch McConnell utilized the “nuclear option” back in April to confirm Supereme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will take over for Comey while a replacement is sought.

Here are some of the candidates to replace Comey as the FBI’s director:


South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy (Getty)

Gowdy is a former prosecutor and currently serves on the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district. He’s a member of the Tea Party movement and also served as a solicitor for South Carolina’s Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Gowdy was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1994-2000. In his time doing so, he was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for prosecuting J. Mark Allen.

In February 2000, Gowdy left the position to run for the 7th Circuit Solicitor and he won in the general election. He was reelected twice in his time as the solicitor and prosecuted an array of cases, including seven of them that ended with the death penalty.

There’s even been an online petition calling for Gowdy to replace Comey. It was signed by just over 1,000 people.

In July 2015, Trump tabbed Gowdy as a potential nominee for attorney general in his cabinet. Gowdy first endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president before endorsing Trump on May 20, 2016 because he always intended on supporting the Republican nominee.


Former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton

Bill Bratton (Getty)

Bratton is the former New York City Police Commissioner and before that served as the commissioner of the Boston Police Department and also was the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Chris Christie, RNC Speaker, New Jersey Governor

Chris Christie (Getty)

Christie previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 2002-2008 under President George W. Bush. After that, he was elected the 55th governor of New Jersey and has kept the position since 2010.

In his time as U.S. Attorney, Christie received praise for his record of convictions in public corruption cases. His office won guilty pleas from 130 public officials.

Christie had a failed run at president in 2016 and even criticized Trump before bowing out of the race. However, he ended up endorsing Trump and he was named to his transition team in May 2016 if he were elected president.

Once Trump took office, Christie was considered for a position in the Trump administration, but said he wanted to finish his term as New Jersey’s governor in January 2018.

In March, Trump named Christie to chair a commission to find ways to combat the opioid abuse epidemic in the country.


Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Getty)

Giuliani is the former mayor of New York City and also works as an “informal” adviser on cybersecurity to the White House. He supported Trump in his election bid and often praised him for his accomplishments and agenda.

When Trump was forming his cabinet, Giuliani was seen as a likely pick to be the new Secretary of State. But Trump announced that Giuliani removed his name from consideration for the cabinet position. Eight days before he took officer, Trump named Giuliani as an “informal cybersecurity adviser.”


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

David Clarke Jr. (Getty)

It seems unlikely that the search would end up with Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff because he doesn’t have much experience as a prosecutor or an investigator. But crazier things have happened so far during Trump’s presidency, and his name has been thrown around as an early replacement for director.

Clarke assumed office as sheriff in Milwaukee County in 2002 and is serving his fourth full term. When Trump was running for president, Clarke said that he was going to “do everything (he could)” to help him win the presidency.

Trump and Clarke have been close throughout his presidential campaign and he even interviewed for a position in his cabinet, although that didn’t end up happening.


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23 comments

    • You’re right except for Chris “Corruption” Christie.
      My favorite for the job is Sheriff David Clarke. Christie got away with accepting a 30K vacation from The King of Jordan when he told the FBI he & the King were dear, old, very close friends when he accepted what seemed like a bribe or gratuity. The only problem is that when asked about his dear, old, very close friend, Cubbaie Wubbzie didn’t know the King’s name.
      Maybe Clarke would lock up Christie, once & for all.

  1. Where are those tax returns, Dictator Trump? I don’t care about the election. I care about your money and where it’s hidden? I want to know why your son-in-law AND you have associations with banks and administrators of banks in Russia that use those funds for money laundering. I want to know why you sold one of your properties to one of the wealthiest (billionaires) in Russia for $60M MORE than you were asking, so he could hide his $$$ from his soon-to-be ex-wife. Forget about this election diversion. We all know that was rigged by Russians. Or at least hacked by Russians. Forget about the firing Comey diversion, too. NY state AG has vowed to SUE YOU for those tax returns, if you don’t comply by the time your tax reform bill hits the streets. My favorite part of the tax reform bill is that you said: “I will probably pay more in taxes.” LOL. Is that supposed to keep your leashed dogs that support you happy? And the rest of us you could care less about. Talk about unprecedented. No President has ever had the audacity to try and pass a tax reform bill without showing us the money! FOOL. That time is coming. Sooner than you think.

    • Sorry you have to grasp at straws YOU (special snowflake) are NOT entitled to see them. He and the rest of thinking people (aka conservatives) know that you will spend hours creating fake scandals and phony “outrage” . If you gave a damn about what was in tax records you would bother to look at Hilliary and Bill’s – such BS – and should have them in jail for tax evasion. They wrote off over $25 million as “charity” when in fact they GAVE IT TO THEMSELVES. From “dead broke” to A QUARTER BILLION $$$$$$$$$$$$$$” in “income”, not REVENUE, INCOME!. They wrote off over a million a year EACH for travel from their taxes, but also claimed those same travel expenses from the “CFF” . Talk about FOOLS – get a mirror because YOU are protecting the criminals. NO ONE cares about President TRUMP’s returns or the income he made AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. We care about what so-called civil servants did while getting PAID BY TAXPAYERS. and their criminal deals like with Russia and the Uranium!

      • @10:06 And don’t forget Russian funding of Trump’s golf courses, and Kushner promises of American visas to the Chinese who will invest in Kushner real estate projects, and Kushner’s failure to note meetings with Russian gov’t and business types when requesting his security clearance. Then add Ivanka’s licensing deal with China the day after the Chinese premier meets with Donald Trump . . . then there’s the Cheeto-in-Chief’s failure to notify his VP that Flynn was lying to the VP. The Washington Post had to shame Trump into telling Pence and exposing Flynn . . . hmm, do you think ole Donnie was protecting Flynn to protect himself????/. Then there are the Trump Hotels that foreign dignitaries stay at to ingratiate themselves to Donnie Boy. I didn’t think it was possible, but Hillary Clinton looks like Mother Teresa next to Don-the-Conmunist, as Donnie continues to turn the U.S. into the United States of Trump Industries and prepares to sells us down the river to Russia’s highest bidder. Bottom line, Comey was getting too close to exposing Donnie, his family and cronies, and his Russian connections, so Donnie had to fire him. But Trump being such an idiot he wasn’t even aware that Comey was even in DC to receive his firing letter!!

        As far as “snowflake,” please get your terminology right . . . it’s slang for people as such as yourself, i.e., the alt-right. Check it out in the Urban Dictionary.

          • @5:53 .. You’re right in that Donnie is doing his very best to exterminate and/or bury all the evidence … firing Coney is all part of doing so … but he’s had too many clowns like Mike Flynn around him that will sing like a canary … men like Trump and Flynn are only loyal to themselves. I was never aby Hillary lover, but as far as being a crook, Trump leaves her in the dust!

    • And that’s the problem with the left. More worried about stupid tax returns and not the real issues. Like the Billion dollars Obama gave our enemies, etc… Cry cry cry, over stupid things. More concerned about your feelings getting hurt than the main things in life and freedom. One question what proof is there about the Russians and hacking, like seriously where is the proof the left keeps crying about? That’s right, they aren’t any!!! Bye snowflake, repeat after me, President Trump!

      • @11:15 p.m. “that’s the problem with the left” I’d be LMAO if this was such a serious assault on America’s democracy. Boy, you need to put the crack pipe down, step away from the hooka, and stop drinking the Kool Aid!!

      • @11:15 What billion dollars Obama gave our enemies??? Please provide your source . . . RT.com, Fox News, Alex Jones . . . FYI, they don’t count!!

        What “stupid” is is Trump failing to turn over his tax returns as ever other Presidential candidate has done for the last 40+ years . . . he could end all the so-called rumors about his Russian ties by doing so. Guess stupid is as stupid does. The tax returns will tell me if my freedom is in jeopardy.

        Your question about “proof,” we may never get it now that Trump has fired Comey. Funny tho, Trump didn’t fire Flynn even tho he knew that Flynn was lying . .. even tho Obama strongly advised against it . . .

        Your question about “proof” is both pathetic and laughable . . . all those 5 years of Donnie-the-Birther lying about Obama’s birth certificate to any crackpot who would lislten, only to admit later that he lied. Wonder why he was so obsessed with Obama, instead, as you say, life and freedom????

    • Nobody with any integrity would accept the position now. Regardless their competence, s/he will never bee seen as independent. Trump has destroyed the FBI. Who will now investigate the domestic drug and human traffickers, along with all the home-grown terrorists like Tim McVeigh and John Lindh?

  2. Could you have put together a more partisan group of hacks for FBI director. How Christie escaped prosecution for Bridgegate is beyond me. Giuliani was conspiring with the SDNY office of the FBI to undermine Clinton’s candidacy and is as responsible for Comey’s weak-kneed last minute decision to interfere with the election in its waning days as anyone. Trey Gowdy? Really? He of the bootless multi-million dollar Benghazi retread investigation? More concerned about leaks of information about Russian subversion of the election than the subversion of the election itself. How degraded can this Administration and the Republicans in Congress get? I fear to know the answer to that question.

    • Trey Gowdy so reminds me of Boo Radley in the To Kill A Mockingbird Movie . . . except Boo was kind and did the right thing.

      • That’s because you are only interested in the superficial (looks) and not the content of the character. Trey Gowdy reminds me of Atticus Finch. I wonder which of us is closer to the truth.

        • @1:58 … I wasn’t referring to Mr. Gowdy’s looks whatsoever … it was his intelligence level … don’t project your prejudices on my comments. Trust me, Trey Gowdy is NO Atticus Finch!!

    • You might try getting you news from someone other than the Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS. It’s apparent you are not well informed.

      • Should I get it from Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox News, O’Reilly, Alex Jones, and that all-time Trumptard and Putin favorite –RT,com, aka Russia Today, all noted for being such pillars of journalistic integrity and excellence? Oh wait, if I did, I’d be as paranoid, misinformed, and as stupid as you and all the rest of the snowflakes.

    • Yes, by all means, let’s have more Southern white males in Trump’s circle. Would please all the Trumptard followers to no end! Go, Jim Crowe!!!