South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham urged President Donald Trump to nominate an FBI agent to lead the FBI on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday.
“I think it’s time for an FBI agent to lead the FBI,” Graham told host Chuck Todd. “When you talk about a new person to lead the FBI, how about an FBI agent who is above reproach?”
“Why do you think it has to be an FBI agent at this point?” Todd asked.
“There’s so many good agents, men and women out there capable of leading the agency” Graham responded. “This is up to the president. He has a duty and obligation to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane,” he continued, saying that he thinks the president will do just that.
The president is reportedly considering eight names to replace Comey, including at least three candidates with FBI experience. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Virginia-based FBI Agent Adam Lee and former Agent and Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers are three names being considered to replace Comey.
The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), a group of 13,000 current and former agents, endorsed Rogers Saturday. Rogers, who served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from 2011 to 2014, “exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI Director,” according to the FBIAA. (RELATED: FBI Agents Association Endorses Mike Rogers For Director)
Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Associate Justice of the New York Court of Appeals Michael Garcia, Latham & Watkins attorney Alice Fisher, Former Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend and Judge Henry Hudson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia have all been mentioned as potential nominees, according to multiple media reports.
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