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Sources: NY Court of Appeals judge on short list for FBI chief

Michael J. Garcia, associate judge of the New

Michael J. Garcia, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, will be interviewed for the FBI director job on Saturday, May 13, 2017, sources say. Photo Credit: Court of Appeals State of New York

Justice Department officials on Saturday plan to interview four candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, including a judge who sits on New York State’s highest court, two people familiar with the process said.

Michael J. Garcia, 56, an associate judge on the Court of Appeals since 2016, already has extensive federal experience under the Bush and Clinton administrations, specializing in terrorism prosecutions and immigration.

The Westchester resident was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in Manhattan, where he successfully tried high-profile terrorism cases before 9/11, including the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Following that were stints as assistant secretary of commerce, acting commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assistant secretary for the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District between 2005-2008, when he left for private practice before joining the bench.

Garcia is also on the board of trustees of El Museo del Barrio and once served as the vice president of the Americas for INTERPOL, the international police organization.

Garcia, born in Brooklyn, is married with three children.

The other FBI nominees include Alice Fisher, who formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general.

With AP

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