EXPERIENCE COUNTS: FBI Agents Weigh In On Possible Choices For New Director

The folks at the FBI aren’t letting grass grow under their feet in looking toward new leadership for the department. They’ve weighed in and are urging Trump to pick someone they like.

The Hill has the details:

A group of current and former FBI agents on Saturday endorsed former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) to lead the FBI following the ouster of director James Comey.

“Chairman Rogers exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI Director,” Thomas F. O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, said in a statement.

The association cited Rogers’ experience previously serving in the FBI in addition to his time in Congress to explain their endorsement.

“It is essential that the next FBI Director understand the details of how Agents do their important work,” the statement continued.

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“Mike Rogers’ background as a Special Agent, veteran of the armed forces and former member of Congress sets him apart as someone capable of confronting the wide array of challenges facing our help ensure that the Bureau remains the world’s premiere law enforcement agency.”

Rogers, who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, briefly advised the Trump transition team in November on national security issues.
He is reportedly being considered among a number of other candidates to potentially replace Comey, who was fired on Tuesday.

The Washington Examiner reports a nomination may come soon from the White House:

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Trump said Saturday morning that he may nominate a new director as early as next week. Other candidates reportedly being considered for the role include Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and New York state judge, Michael Garcia; acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; and former Justice Department Criminal Division Chief Alice Fisher.

“Agents are essential to the Bureau’s primary mission of protecting our country from a wide array of threats ranging from street gangs and mortgage fraud to cyber-espionage and foreign and domestic terrorists,” said O’Connor. “The next Director must remain committed to the centrality of the Special Agent to the Bureau’s mission.”

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