On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump shocked many when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Now, his top choice to replace Comey has been revealed.
Western Journalism reported that former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has been named as a potential frontrunner to replace Comey. Rogers, who was once an FBI agent, has had “informal feelers,” from White House officials, one of whom confirmed that he is being considered for the position.
Rogers released a brief statement this week saying that Comey’s firing “will undoubtedly lead to some uncertainty in the coming days as the Bureau and its fine women and men come to terms with the impending transition.”
“It is absolutely critical that this process is as smooth and efficient as possible to ensure that the FBI gets back on its feet and resumes its focus on its critical law enforcement, national security and counter intelligence missions,” he added.
Rogers, 53, was also considered for the job of FBI director four years ago, when Barack Obama appointed Comey. He had the full support of the FBI Agents Association. Paul Nathanson, a spokesman for the organization, said that though the group has not yet discussed who should replace Comey, the FAA’s “view of Mike Rogers hasn’t changed — he exemplifies the principles that the FBIAA believes are essential in a director.”
A former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rogers retired from Congress in 2015 after seven terms.
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