US President Donald Trump has promised to replace former FBI director James Comey by “someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI”.
Who could it be? Names in circulation included
Rudy Giuliani: The former New York mayor and US attorney had earlier thrown his hat into the ring for attorney general and secretary of state. He has been a staunch Trump supporter.
Chris Christie: The New Jersey governor and former US attorney and one-time head of Trump transition team who was once said to be a shoo-in for a senior cabinet position.
Mike Rogers: The former FBI agent and Republican member of House of Representatives headed the house intelligence committee and had figured on Obama’s list of probables before the former President settled on Comey.
Trey Gowdy: The former federal prosecutor headed the Benghazi committee that investigated alleged missteps in Hillary Clinton’s handling of the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.
John Pistole: The former head of the transportation security administration was a long-time FBI agent.
Ken Wainstein: The former head of the justice department’s national security division, he is among the favourites for the job.
Frances Townsend: A former national security adviser in the George W Bush administration, she figured as an “unconventional pick” on The Wall Street Journal’s list. Trump likes her, and if she gets the nod, will be the first woman to head the FBI.
Mark Philip: Former deputy attorney general
Larry Thompson: Former deputy attorney general
Robert Conrad: US attorney
Stephen Murphy: US attorney