Report: Trump Considering at Least Four People for FBI Director, Including Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy / AP
May 12, 2017

President Trump is considering at least four people with law enforcement experience to replace James Comey as FBI director, according to a new Bloomberg report.

Among those being considered is House Benghazi Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), a former federal prosecutor, and former Bush administration Justice Department official Alice Fisher, according to a White House official. Former Republican Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are also on Trump's list.

The list is likely to grow, according to the official:

Trump once called Gowdy's Benghazi hearings a "disaster," suggesting they fell short of producing enough damaging evidence against Clinton for her tenure as secretary of state during a 2012 attack in Libya that led to four American deaths. Gowdy supported Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican primary elections before ultimately supporting Trump as the nominee.

Fisher, the former Bush administration lawyer, is a partner with Latham & Watkins in Washington and focuses on white-collar and international criminal cases, according to the firm's website.

Rogers retired from Congress in 2015 after seven terms to pursue a career in talk radio. He advised the Trump presidential transition team on national security issues but was asked to leave at about the same time New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was removed as head of the transition.

Rogers, who declined to comment, had criticized Trump's unsubstantiated claim in March that Obama spied on him, saying on CNN that the president had "put another quarter in the conspiracy parking meter."

Trump set off a political firestorm on Tuesday when he abruptly fired Comey. Conflicting explanations from the White House over why and how the firing came about have overshadowed the entire week in Washington.