(National Sentinel) Executive Branch: Rep. Trey Gowdy has pulled himself out of consideration to be the next director of the FBI, despite the fact that millions of Americans have admired his wit and prosecutorial style in deconstructing congressional witnesses and handling investigations.
In a statement, Gowdy said he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he “would not be the right person” to replace James Comey, who President Donald J. Trump fired last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Our justice system is the foundation of our republic, and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. Having worked in the justice system for 20 years at both the state and federal levels and on both the trial and appellate levels, I know how indispensable it is that we respect our justice system and that it be worthy of our respect,” the former federal prosector said. “Working in the criminal justice system, alongside the women and men of law enforcement, and in pursuit of the facts, the truth and ultimately justice is and always will be the highlight of my professional career. The blind-folded woman holding a set of scales and a sword is the best boss I have ever had.
“Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth. I am confident that person will emerge. I want to thank the scores of law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have contacted me over the past couple of days. Perhaps we can work together again in the future,” he added.
CNN reported on people the Justice Department interviewed over the weekend, and they include:
- Alice Fisher, a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington;
- Adam Lee, FBI special agent-in-charge, Richmond, Virginia;
- Andrew McCabe, acting FBI director;
- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas;
- Judge Henry Hudson, United States district judge of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia;
- Judge Michael Garcia, a court of appeals judge in New York state
- Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush