Interviews are in full swing as the Trump administration searches for a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey.
At least 11 candidates are reportedly being considered for the post, from current U.S. lawmakers to a former congressman and ex-New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Former Rep. Mike Rogers – a Michigan Republican and former FBI special agent who helmed the House intelligence committee while in Congress – won the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association this weekend. The group advocates on behalf of some 13,000 current and former agents.
“Rogers’ unique and diverse experience will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the bureau as we work to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats,” FBIAA President Thomas O’Connor said in a statement. “During his time in Congress he showed a commitment to confronting threats to our country in a nonpartisan and collaborative manner.”
Two sitting lawmakers – Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican and a former state attorney general and state Supreme Court justice – and GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who led the House’s inquiry into the deadly attacks in 2012 on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libiya, are also in the running.
Alice Fisher, an attorney specializing in white-collar crime and internal investigations at the law firm Latham & Watkins, reportedly interviewed for the job Saturday.
Fisher, also a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division under President George W. Bush, appears to be the only woman in serious contention for the job and, if nominated, would be on track to become the bureau’s first female director.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is also in the running. He has been leading the FBI since Comey was abruptly fired last week.