New Problem Emerges For Trump: Potential FBI Directors No Longer Want The Job

Tyler Durden's picture

The fallout from Trump's ongoing FBI scandal has revealed a new, unexpected problem for the Trump administration: potential FBI directors don't want the job.

The quandary emerged on Tuesday when two high-profile potential candidates, a moderate judge and a conservative senator, signaled they did not want the job. Speaking to Reuters, advisers to Judge Merrick Garland and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas said they discouraged them from leading the FBI, cautioning that "they would be leaving important, secure jobs for one fraught with politics and controversy."

They added that the new FBI director would "have little job security and heightened scrutiny by political observers following President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of James Comey" on May 9.

Garland and Cornyn distancing themselves from the selection process just three days before Trump has said he may make a decision, points to the difficulties the White House has in filling the FBI post amid turmoil in the administration.

Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, "loves his job and is not interested in leaving the judiciary," said one source familiar with the judge's thinking.

Cornyn said in a statement that he had informed the White House that "the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate." A Republican Senate aide said Cornyn's staff also worried that the third-term Texas Senator could cut his- and their own- careers short by going to the FBI.

A third potential FBI head whose name was on the White House's short-list, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, has also been persuaded to step out of the running according to Reuters. While Kelly has not said that he would not consider the job, he has so far not been interviewed.

As reported previously, another potential Comey replacement, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy - a former federal prosecutor whose name had been floated, and one of the favorites for the FBI chief post - said on Monday he was not interested in the director position.

It's not just the top FBI post that may remean vacant after the recent political turmoil: the difficulty in filling key administration jobs is not just limited to the FBI director post.

Trump’s habits of contradicting his top aides, demanding personal loyalty and punishing officials who contradict him in public has discouraged a number of experienced people from pursuing jobs, said three people who declined to discuss possible positions with administration officials.


"It’s becoming increasingly difficult to attract good people to work in this administration," said one senior official. "In other cases, veteran people with expertise are leaving or seeking posts overseas and away from this White House."

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that an announcement on FBI director was still possible before Trump leaves on his first foreign trip on Friday. He said the U.S. Department of Justice was still interviewing candidates. In light of recent events, it is more likely that Trump will announce terminations in the coming days instead of a new hire.

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williambanzai7's picture

Did anyone think draining the swamp would be a piece of cake?

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

Silver Bug's picture

Its time for Trump to utterly clean house. Wipe the slate clean and get rid of these corrupt traitors!

FrozenGoodz's picture

He's not going to have a house to clean here shortly ... no defensive twitter rant this morning ... how telling ... 1 BTC says the press briefings are cancelled, along with the saudi trip ... complete hibernation mode


A new FBI director is the least of his worries ... ask around DC you'll find Comey had a reputation for taking notes

Harlequin001's picture

Thanks, but I only gamble for real money.

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

I'll take the job as FBI director. My first order will be to FIRE EVERYBODY (including myself), then go fishing on my pension.

HopefulCynical's picture

Cornyn said in a statement that he had informed the White House that "the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate."

This asshole is one of the biggest RINOs in the whole of Congress. He'd have to START fighting for "a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate" before he could continue doing so.

A Republican Senate aide said Cornyn's staff also worried that the third-term Texas Senator could cut his- and their own- careers short by going to the FBI.

Ahh, now we get to the actual motivator -the quest for personal power. Even if Cornyn was short-lived at the FBI, lots of lobbying/consulting gigs await him. The staffers, however...not so much...

ThisIsMadness's picture

Unfortunately, he will be another McCain and continue to run and win on name recognition. We have had some decent grassroots opposition run against him, but never win against Cornyn. Big money from lobbyist. Mickey Mouse has become my favorite write in cadidate.

jeff montanye's picture

times change.  the republican and democratic parties are being tugged and pulled as rarely before.  

trump doesn't need an fbi head half as much as he needs excellent, loyal to the constitution prosecutors before grand juries probing the seth rich, hillary clinton, too big to jail, john podesta, 9-11, you fill in a blank, cases that can be made with the enormous power of the u.s. government.

ask william k. black who he'd recommend for fbi head and go from there.

RiverRoad's picture

A Third Party in the making.

ACP's picture

This is what happens when you have a businessman in office...

...all these government lifer stooges reveal their true nature, a bunch of fucking lazy bums who don't want to do real, actual work.

847328_3527's picture

Comey should have been fired on Day#1.


Now, it's more difficult due to the anti-American movement and violence of the DNC.

eatthebanksters's picture

And who really gives a fuck about Garland, Cornyn or Gowdy as FBI director?  This article is just more hyped up bullshit.

PrayingMantis's picture

... put Sherriff David Alexander Clarke Jr. ... he'll probably do a better job than the Deep swamp denizens of DC ...

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

How about Sheriff JW Pepper


"We got a swamp full of Black Russians drivin' boats to beat the band down here."

OutWithLibs's picture

A resident of TX, you are spot on. Cornyn is little better than McStain or Limp Lindsey.
Now Cruz, that's a Tx Senator I can USUALLY be proud of.

847328_3527's picture

Cornyn is a total wuss. I read he has done zero for Texas since he was elected. Very spineless man. Same as Rick Perry.

SubjectivObject's picture

I'm a Texas resident and I applaud this comment.

Him, and the b that just left, are full indication of just how degenerate the R party apparatus is in Texas.

RiverRoad's picture

The "R party apparatus" in Texas is the Deep State/Bush Party.

azusgm's picture

John Cornyn would not be on my short list for FBI director. RINO. I certainly voted against him in his last primary. He is 65 years old and should not be appointed to an office with a 10-year term. He likely was put on the list because the democrat senators would not stall the vote to confirm him and get him out of the Senate. His seat is up for election in 2020. From the Republican perspective, Gregg Abbott would appoint someone good to fill that seat in the interim and then be unbeatable at election time.

Glad to see Garland and Ray Kelly out of the running.

I'd prefer that Trump look to a man already in the FBI but not Andrew McCabe. Hopefully we won't have to worry about McCabe because of the little matter of the reports of the meeting in which he ranted against Trump. There may be someone who has retired early or moved out of the department for principled reasons.

BTW, did anyone else happen to see the pic on Twitter that showed Comey's office marked off with crime scene tape?

Chauncey Gardener's picture

He's staying in the Senate. Where the real money is.

Playtime's Over's picture


Allow me to summerize this article. Foul fart echo camber fakizmo newz.

JamesBond's picture

Total BS


Another article in the running for the end of the year BS award on ZH

null's picture

8+ years of unprosecuted felons, is what his "house" currently consists of.
But just like the rats the bulk of the "dwellers" are, they should be skillfully avoided. Safety first!

Clycntct's picture

Chess mtherfuker I'll place my bets on djt

oncemore's picture

You, Marxist-Leninists, have a simple point of view.

RiverRoad's picture

We are presently witnessing a civil war within the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Deep State.  No surprise that people are not fighting to head up the FBI right now.

However by the next presidential election, if not sooner, every voter in America will be fully cognizant of ALL the crap the Dems have pulled.

If the Deep State keeps this up, then what you are also witnessing is the birth of a Third Party in America.

Not A Doug's picture

Will they?  Really?  60% of this country couldn't point out DC on a map, but can tell you what beyonce had for lunch. 

As for a third party, we only have one party now, and it exists to loot this country.  The only "third" party formation that will effect change is a million-gun march on DC.  

RiverRoad's picture

Not without the military at the head of that march.  Much more boring, but much more likely a third party.  The Deep State is digging their own graves here.

Lumberjack's picture should have never told everyone how much money you make from home. Now that everyone is doing it, you lost all that business and are now broke.

Teja's picture

I don't understand why it is a problem for Trump if the FBI has no Director? Actually, it would help him, methinks.

bowie28's picture

They can appoint an "interim" director with no Senate confirmation required correct?  Pretty sure there is no time limit on how long the interim Dir can serve?  So why not just appoint someone who has the courage to do what needs to be done and let him get to work?  Then there is no hurry on choosing a permanent replacement. 


FrozenGoodz's picture

Everyone is just jumping to join the defense of this admin ... lol

Not A Doug's picture

Why have an FBI at all?  They only exist to protect and cover the elitist scum destroying the world. 


Expose the Seth Rich murder conspiracy!!!

el buitre's picture

Wrong.  The FBI currently has a director, or to be more precise, an acting director.  And Andrew McCabe is one of the dirtiest swap dwellers going.  Trump needs a director muy pronto before he (hopefully) hands McCabe his famous line, “You’re Fired,” and hopefully in the future, You’re Indicted.

Arnold's picture

It's a job most Americans won't do.

StackShinyStuff's picture

We need a Mexican then, oh wait...

bluez's picture

Hire me. I could use the money. What difference at this point does it make?

Arnold's picture

I was thinking Tulsi, but the gravitas is not there yet.

HopefulCynical's picture

Tulsi's very smart and a real fighter, but putting her in that chair right now would be quite literally throwing her to the wolves. It's not gravitas; she doesn't have the experience to deal with the palace intrigue.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Sheriff David Clarke would take the job in a heartbeat, and arrest Hillary Clinton on day one.

OutWithLibs's picture

Agreed. But Sherrif Clark just might be up to the challenge. Perhaps after the decined interviews from others, he'll be a consideration. The Bulldog was my first choice...

BandGap's picture

We are seeing the bodies with cement shoes.


new game's picture

there will be no swamp draining, they are in control. wish/think/realize...

shed the cog dis, try to think clearly. the deep state has a hand on every lever.

jeff montanye's picture

there is already some lowering of the water level just from watching trump flail against the deep state and the d.s. with its neocon legacy media so openly going after him to overrule an election they never thought they could ever lose.

should trump ever get his act together and actually prosecute these bastards, goodness knows how many cottonmouths and gators could feel, briefly, that hatchet at the base of the skull.

counseling resignation and despair is, at this point, not that helpful.

all dynasties, as in every single one, come to an end.

Playtime's Over's picture

Agree Willie, but time to release the kracken before they get too uppity. And they be gettin uppity. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture


We are dealing with a US Government that is far worse than I ever imagined. I knew Washington DC was bad, but the corruption, lying and deceit are way, way beyond my worst nightmare.