James Comey's replacement: Names Trump is considering for a new FBI chief


With James Comey ousted as FBI director, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to select a replacement for a new 10-year term. The FBI in the interim will be led by Comey's top deputy, Andrew McCabe, who is one of the candidates under consideration for the permanent position.

Here are more candidates to run the storied law enforcement agency, including former Rep. Mike Rogers, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and attorney Alice Fisher.

J. Michael Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., and Larry Thompson, a deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, are also candidates, though photos of them are not available.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, were previously included as possibilities but have been removed.

Mike Rogers

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file
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Former Rep. Mike Rogers is the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He served Michigan in Congress for more than a decade before stepping down in 2015. Rogers worked for the FBI as a special agent based in Chicago in the 1990s and briefly advised Trump's transition team on national security issues. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey.

Ray Kelly

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The longest-serving police commissioner in New York City, Ray Kelly oversaw the NYPD in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks when terror threats were routine. His tough-on-crime stance, including support for provocative tactics like stop-and-frisk, could make him a natural ally of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a go-to-guy for a fellow New Yorker like Donald Trump. As commissioner, Kelly defended a police operation, exposed by The Associated Press, that conducted secret surveillance of Muslims. He could partner with Trump and Sessions on anti-terrorism efforts.

Alice Fisher

Attorney Alice Fisher arrives at the U.S. Department
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Currently a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins specializing in white-collar criminal and internal investigations, Alice Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Fisher faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about policies at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also served as deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee that investigated President Bill Clinton's Whitewater scandal. If selected, she would be the bureau's first female director.



Andrew McCabe

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A Duke University-educated lawyer, Andrew McCabe was named last year as the FBI's deputy director, the No. 2 position in the bureau, overseeing significant investigations and operations. Since joining the FBI more than 20 years ago, he has held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI's national security branch and its Washington field office. McCabe became acting director after Comey was fired, but has shown a repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of the ouster and its characterizations of the Russia investigation.

Paul Abbate

FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file
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Paul Abbate is a senior official at the FBI, currently responsible for the bureau's criminal and cyber branch. He previously led FBI field offices in Washington, one of the agency's largest, and in Detroit. He has been deeply involved for years in FBI efforts to fight terrorism, serving in supervisory roles in Iraq and Afghanistan and later overseeing FBI international terrorism investigations as a section chief. He has been with the FBI for more than 20 years, and is one of the FBI officials who interviewed this week for the role of interim director.

Michael J. Garcia

Michael J, Garcia, Associate Judge of the Court
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A former New York prosecutor, Michael J. Garcia has served as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals — the state's highest court — since early 2016. He served as the U.S. attorney in Manhattan from 2005 to 2008, and previously held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

John Suthers

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015, file
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A former U.S. attorney and Colorado attorney general, John Suthers was elected mayor of Colorado Springs in 2015. He is widely respected among state law enforcement and many Colorado Democrats. Suthers was inspired to become a prosecutor after he spent part of an internship in the Colorado Springs district attorney's office watching the trial of a gang of soldiers convicted of killing various citizens, including actor Kelsey Grammer's sister, during a crime spree in the 1970s.

Frances Townsend

Frances Townsend, former assistant to President George W.
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Frances Townsend was homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush after a series of high-profile Justice Department jobs. Among other roles, Townsend is a national security analyst for CBS News. She worked as a federal prosecutor in New York under then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, focusing on white-collar and organized crime. At the Justice Department, she worked in a variety of jobs including leading the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which helped oversee intelligence-gathering activities related to the nation's top secret surveillance court.



Henry E. Hudson

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson leaves the
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Henry E. Hudson is a federal judge in Richmond who earned praise from conservatives when he struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010. He is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname "Hang 'Em High Henry" for his tough-on-crime stand as a federal prosecutor and on the bench. He became a hero to animal rights activists when he sentenced NFL star Michael Vick to nearly two years in prison in 2007 for running a dogfighting ring.

Adam Lee

Special Agent in Charge Adam Lee of the
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Adam Lee, a longtime agent, is special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office. He worked in a variety of positions within the bureau. Before Comey tapped him to lead the Richmond office in 2014, he was chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, investigating some of the highest profile cases against government officials and civil rights violations in recent years. He also led the FBI's global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

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