aside Are Partisan Republicans Being Interviewed To Replace FBI Director James Comey?

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John Cornyn (R)

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.

Image result for photos of sen feinsteinAs 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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Senator Durbin

Here is the rest of the story…

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.”

Excerpts:

“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.”

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Andrew McCabe

“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 list is not a comprehensive accounting of finalists for the FBI director positions. It is possible other candidates could be considered, officials said, and the ultimate decision falls to Trump. Justice Department officials also have interviewed four other candidates to serve as interim FBI director, though it is possible McCabe could stay on in that role if he were not selected for the permanent job.”

“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.”

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Rosenstein

“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.” Image result for photo of ron rosenstein“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.”

Image result for photo of jeff sessions“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.”

Image result for photos of andrew mccabeMcCabe, 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.”

16 comments

  1. Wanted – patriot leaders from the Republican Party. This series of events this week begs the need for so-called leaders of our country to ask the question, to whom did you swear an oath. I had the impression it was the Constitution as a representative governing document of the American people. The more DT talks, the worse its gets. So, setting aside the oath question, let me ask all of these “circle the wagons” Republicans. Is this the man who want to hitch your wagon to?

    • Dear Keith,

      As I was just responding to Mr. Crustyolemothman, most republicans who are not ardent fans of DDT are furious about all of this.

      The US lawmakers who are now home as congress is in recess and who are hosting town-hall meetings are getting an earful from those attending. One representative took the added step to do careful pre-screening of the attendees but he still was lambasted on this issue.

      Hopefully, they’ll get the message.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, these Republican Congressional representatives need to hear an earful. They need to untether their boat from this anchor or he will take down their party and personal reputations, not to mention my greater fears for the country and planet. In some respects, I feel sorry for those who try to perfume the pigs he creates and then recreates. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          According to latest polls, 78% of the American public want an independent investigative body even if it takes a lot longer to do; cost more monies (Who is arguing this after 8 Benghazi hearings?); or those part of an independent commission may want to start from scratch. My response is, and so what?

          What happens if down the road something develops to where they are forced to seek help by forming an independent inquiry. If one has already been established, then there is no harm done.

          The partisans (in this case republicans) have to decide. Are they more loyal to the party, their self interests instead or does following their “oath of office” obligations carry any weight.

          Those inside the beltway are clueless as to the high degree of the public trust deficit that exists outside of their bubble.

          Ciao, Gronda

      • Dear 1EarthUnited,

        I remember well the Nixon/ Watergate era where there were a number of high minded republicans took the high road and did what was the right thing to do.

        This appears to be no longer the case.

        Hugs, Gronda

  2. On some of the more radical right wing sites there has been a name brought up frequently in the last several days that ties to the core base of the tRump administration and the strong desire that many still hold to “Lock up Hillary”, that name is Trey Gowdy. While I originally would have bet on Jason Chaffetz, I am now leaning on the thought that it will be Gowdy.
    It is astounding that the supporters of tRump can not see what damage he is doing to this nation, and continue to support his disruptive form of governance…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Appointing someone who is an hyper-partisan like a Trey Gowdy would not fly. The right may wish for this but should republican law makers attempt this maneuver, they would be subject to a deafening backlash from their constituents from both sides of the aisle. Most republicans that I know, unless they are ardent fans of DDT, are furious about all of this.

      Ted Gowdy’s name is being floated out there by news pundits, but I just don’t see this happening.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • If you think back to after the election Trey Gowdy’s name was floated by tRump for the position of AG! I’m not sure that even the rank and file are truly listening to the voters, as they seem to think that to oppose tRump would be much more dangerous for them. There are many people saying that after tax cuts and abortion rights are overthrown then they would give up tRump, but those parts of the agenda must be taken care of first. The American Taliban are the hold up at this point and they will not concede until they establish their goals against the rest of the nation..

    • Dear Gradmama2011,

      Nowadays, one is afraid to say anything is not possible when it comes to the likes of DDT. But I am going to step out on that limb to say the Ted Gowdy is not a contender to lead the FBI. I have seen his name floated as well by some news reports.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Sadly, as much as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hated taking the full blame, ultimately as a Republican, he’ll simply take one for the team and resign if necessary just like Flynn. Like Lada Ray said, “I just don’t see RR stirring up trouble for Trump, he will not assign any special prosecutor to investigate his own party members”.

    Also more definitive proof is needed that Trump fired Comey b/c of RussiaGate. Perhaps the IC can finally release the smoking gun that puts Trump away for treason! If not, then it’s just more he said, she said.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Rod Rosenstein is in an untenable position but he put himself there. If he lives up to his reputation, he knows what is the right road to take. This decision will go down in the history books. Let’s see what happens.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Mz. Gronda, How ironic would it be if Rosenstein appointed James Comey as special Prosecutor then the next day resigned his post!! Would never happen, but can you imagine for just a moment the reaction of tRump? Priceless…

        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          That is a lovely fantasy. In this case, I think that 1EarthUnited is right.The only way to strong arm Mr. Rosenstein into doing what’s right, is if some courageous republicans step forward to do the honors.

          Otherwise he’ll probably do nothing. It would be wonderful if I happened to be wrong about this.

          Ciao, Gronda

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