All eyes are on the top leadership position of the FBI at present, with President Trump’s abrupt firing of James Comey tossing not only Comey’s now former position but the entire Trump/ Russia scandal into turmoil.
Now, Talking Points Memo says that Trump has communicated to reporters that Comey’s replacement could be nominated as early as next week, with a handful of contenders for the position already publicly known thanks to anonymous officials.
TPM/ the AP says:
‘President Donald Trump said Saturday that “we can make a fast decision” on a new FBI director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office. “Even that is possible,” he told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday.’
The candidates publicly known include a number of current and former Justice officials — including the man currently serving as Acting FBI Director — along with Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn. The intensity of the partisan conflict over Trump’s politicization of the FBI through firing Comey isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.
Notably, Andrew McCabe, the presently serving Acting FBI Director, has already declared opposition to Trump’s attempt to shut down the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. Thus, if he’s confirmed, it might be a good thing.