Yes, partisan republicans are among the candidates being interviewed and considered by the White House administration as a replacement for the FBI Director James Comey, due to his recent controversial firing.
It may be news like this plus other troubling actions by the republican President President Donald Trump’s like his recent tweet threatening the FBI Director James Comey from testifying about how he was fired among other troubling incidents, with the hint that there could be compromising tape recordings, that have some US Senators on the Intel Committee taking a hard line.
As per a 5/12/17 CNN News report by Saba Hamedy, “Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein are calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign if no special prosecutor is named to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey in the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election. Their comments come as concern grows over the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. While White House officials — including Vice President Mike Pence — initially said Trump’s decision to fire Comey came on the recommendation of Rosenstein, Trump offered a conflicting reason in an interview with NBC.”
Right now, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is stating that he doesn’t see a need at this point for a special prosecutor. He was the same unwitting dupe whom the president originally blamed for the firing of the FBI Director James Comey. Before the president recently changed his story-line, he had publicly referred to Rod Rosenstein’s hastily drafted memo which was highly critical of Mr. Comey, as the basis for the dismissal of the FBI director.
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On 5/11/17 Matt Zapotosky and Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post penned the following report,”Acting FBI director McCabe, Sen. John Cornyn among four who will interview for FBI director job.”
“Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the second-ranking Senate Republican who has in recent weeks become a more outward defender of President Trump, and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who on Thursday contradicted the Trump White House on a range of topics, will interview Saturday to serve as the FBI’s permanent director, according to people familiar with the matter.”
“The men are two of at least four people who will interview to replace James B. Comey, whom Trump suddenly fired earlier this week, the people said.”
“The others are Alice Fisher, a white-collar defense lawyer who previously led the Justice Department’s criminal division, and Michael J. Garcia, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who previously served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.”
“The job also requires Senate confirmation. Whoever is selected is appointed to a 10-year term, though they can be removed by the president.”
“Trump’s sudden removal of Comey from the position this week set off a political firestorm in Washington, fueling fears that the president was trying to stifle the bureau’s probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.”
“Trump acknowledged in an interview with NBC News published Thursday (5/11/17) he was thinking of the Russia controversy when he decided to fire Comey. Previously, White House officials said he was acting on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials, particularly a memo from Rosenstein that had criticized Comey for his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
“Trump said, though, that he would have removed Comey no matter the advice from Rosenstein or Sessions.”
“Cornyn, 65, is a former Texas attorney general and state supreme court justice and is serving his third term in the Senate. He serves as Senate majority whip, making him the second-ranking Republican in the chamber. But GOP senators set term limits for leadership posts and his ends at the start of 2019.”
“Cornyn is not expected to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is not term-limited and is widely respected among Republican senators. That means Cornyn is on the verge of hitting a professional ceiling, so the 10-year term of FBI director might be a logical next move.” “If Cornyn were selected, there likely would be Democratic concern about handing over the nation’s premier law enforcement agency to a Republican who — despite being considered an affable senator — has served as a prominent partisan attack dog.”
“Cornyn has in recent weeks become more of an outward defender of Trump. Earlier this week, he dismissed the idea that Trump fired Comey to impede the FBI’s Russia probe, terming it a “phony narrative.”
“The senator’s confirmation would be assured because of Democratic rules changes in 2013 that only require a simple majority. But Democratic strategists have already put senators on notice they would hold their feet to the fire in voting against Cornyn.”
“Asked previously if he would be willing to serve as FBI director, Cornyn said with a smile, “I’m happy serving my state and my country in my present position.”
“One person familiar with Cornyn’s thinking told The Washington Post that his meeting with Sessions on Saturday was not billed as an interview and instead about the “next steps” for the FBI.”
“McCabe, who had been the FBI deputy director before Comey was fired, might be a more palatable choice for Democrats. At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, he heaped praise on his former boss and did not hesitate to rebut narratives advanced by the White House, including its attempt to minimize the Russia probe. He is a longtime FBI agent who led the Washington Field Office before he was elevated to the bureau’s No. 2 post in 2016.”
“Fisher and Garcia are both alumni of the George W. Bush administration. Garcia served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as the U.S. attorney for the Souther District of New York, where he led the investigation into a prostitution ring that ultimately forced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign.”