Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump sent a letter to selected FBI staff, friends and agents.
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply. I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.
What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America. It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.
My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer. Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.
Following the sack, pundits are now speculating on likely names Trump could pick to replace Comey.
According to American security analysts, the top 6 names are:
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, would likely be among Trump's top choices for FBI director, given his loyalty to the President and law enforcement background.
McCabe would likely be the easiest pick, given he is currently working as the acting director of the FBI and had served as Comey's deputy since early February 2016. He joined the FBI as a special agent in 1996 and has since worked on a host of issues, including counter-terrorism, national security and interrogation.
The New Jersey governor was one of the first top flight Republicans to endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign and stood by him during some of the most trying times in his presidential campaign.
Picking Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor, would electrify Trump's Republican base.
If Trump considers Kelly, the former commissioner of the New York City Police Department, it wouldn't be the first time the long-time New Yorker was mentioned as a possible candidate for FBI director.
John PistoleHe joined the FBI in 1983, serving at the bureau for 26 years until he was confirmed as TSA head in July 2010. While at the FBI he also worked as the bureau's Executive Assistant Director for national security.
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