Following Donald Trump’s sack of FBI director, James Comey of Tuesday, pundits are now speculating on likely names the resident could pick to replace the fired director.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, would likely be among Trump’s top choices for FBI director, given his loyalty to the President and law enforcement background.
McCabe would likely be the easiest pick, given he is currently working as the acting director of the FBI and had served as Comey’s deputy since early February 2016. He joined the FBI as a special agent in 1996 and has since worked on a host of issues, including counterterrorism, national security and interrogation.
The New Jersey governor was one of the first top flight Republicans to endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign and stood by him during some of the most trying times in his presidential campaign.
Picking Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor, would electrify Trump’s Republican base.
If Trump considers Kelly, the former commissioner of the New York City Police Department, it wouldn’t be the first time the long-time New Yorker was mentioned as a possible candidate for FBI director.
He joined the FBI in 1983, serving at the bureau for 26 years until he was confirmed as TSA head in July 2010. While at the FBI he also worked as the bureau’s Executive Assistant Director for national security.