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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Chauncey Gardener's picture

He's one pissed off patriot, and the right one for the job.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  He would take it.  He doesn't really have any better opportunities.  Lieberman might take it just for shits and grins.  He is ready to retire and has plenty of money already so job security means nothing.


Anybody in their working age prime who has better  options won't take it.   Trump is your best friend until he needs to save himself by publicly denigrating you lol.


McCabe proly would.    A former FBI nobody proly would too.  A public figure with stature and gravitas of prime working age?  Not a chance.

BennyBoy's picture


Trump is not draining the swamp.

Did you notice the Goldman Goons in his swamp?

Koba the Dread's picture

No! But we did expect that he'd bring at least a pair of mucking boots, a pump and some drainage hose.

IronSights on'um's picture

Just pull the pin on the pedophiles already

HRClinton's picture

Trump is so narcissistic and lacking in impulse control, that soon the existing staff will start leaving.

stocker84's picture

Trump might just get impeached. ..but no matter how hard you kick and scream,  it won't bring Hillary back. 

She lost.  She will never be president. 

That's gonna leave a mark. 

FrozenGoodz's picture

Obstruction ... have you been paying attention?

SmallerGovNow2's picture

what obstruction?  don't you know the law?

FrozenGoodz's picture

Do they do refunds on MAGA hats?

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

A MAGA hat in good condition is a collector's item lol.  Just like my Trump voodoo doll and Trump novelty beverage container lol.


Hang on to those.

NotApplicable's picture

Yeah, the law is whatever they say it is.

jeff montanye's picture

that "they" usually includes the president.  doesn't this time.  could make the cocktail an interesting mix.


Thought Processor's picture



Ok but.....   who killed Seth Rich?

OutWithLibs's picture

Are you going to go back and arrest/convict Lynch from the Clinton (((accidental))) meeting when they "talked about the grandkids"?? Will Obummer ever see the inside of a cell for telling illegals they have a right to vote? Will Hitlary ever be wearing an orange jumpsuit (if they make them that size) for giving Russia 30% of Uranium, storing classified emails on private server, or accepting charitable donations to the tune of $192M to further her agenda??? There IS NO OBSTRUCTION!! ANYONE can make the statement "I wish you would drop the investigation "!!
You've been listening to MSM

jeff montanye's picture

s/he has and it is affecting her/his mind.  

but i don't think telling illegals they have a right to vote is, itself, illegal.  lynch probably slides too unless someone taped it.

but hillary clinton has quite a lot of baggage on her cart now.  

seth rich may just be that trunk of bowling balls starting to rock at the top.  

FrozenGoodz's picture

Pales in comparison to the egg left on GOP face for electing an obstructing trader ... I was told there would be winning?

Bernardo Gui's picture

Impeached by the Republican controlled House? Not likely.

jeff montanye's picture

convicted by the ditto senate?

we know which way mccain and graham are voting, regretfully, with numerous references to the rule of law and none to israel.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

His name is Seth Rich.   Arkancide, again?

Arnold's picture

Giving up DNC insider Baseball?
It was suicide by proxy.

Boxed Merlot's picture

Without a doubt, Seth is the reason for the flak being as heavy as it is. There will never be any evidence connecting the the ones who ordered his death to surface as the message to every other DNC email recipient and previous administration's favor receiving team member bought untold loyalty for years to come.


new game's picture

working for an ac/dc dude and not knowing wtf next, ie-walking into work is like walking on eggs. this would best describes a work envirnment at the white house.


this guy is toast by his own doing.

bye bye trump.

nice try, wrong sociopath.

exploiting his weakness, triggering his temperament.

writing on the wall...

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  I bet you have described the whitehouse to a T.


Nonetheless if Trump really has stopped tweeting without running all tweets past a committee with veto power, and if now he is ready to accept objective advice, then he might just squeak by and pull it out for 2018 and 2020 if the economy keeps chugging along.

Clycntct's picture

I had to give you a negative just for your name shitbird!


BandGap's picture

I'll take it. I have my own pistol, too.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  I would too, but I am a nobody with no better options lol.  That type of person or Lieberman who is bored and needs a new retirement hobby is about it.


McCabe would be OK.  Why not promote from within?

Global Hunter's picture

this seems positive to me.  Trump can start firing government officials and when nobody will step forward to replace them the rest of our lives will get better.  Do this 100,000x across all departments and then repeat and repeat again until government is about 10% of the size it is now and then re-evaluate. 

Teja's picture

Reducing the government to 10% would be interesting... you would suddenly find out that there might be costly new alternative governments in place. The bonus, with those governments, would be that nobody would complain any more about anything, to avoid untimely death.

jeff montanye's picture

yes, so much better to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  

the only thing keeping armies from invading us right this minute is that we spend about what the rest of the world does on the military and we record everything anyone says, writes, types, faxes, etc., and we constantly bomb and/or invade whoever looks askance

and we'd have to learn that damn cyrillic alphabet too.

Caleb Abell's picture

When Lincoln was inaugurated, a majority of federal employees were postal workers.  The good old days.

MK13's picture

Problem is that there is an acting FBI director McCabe, and he's a clone of previous one.

I'm sure a conservative can be found to run the FBI, one who considers this a promotion and gets a pay raise, so this is fake news.

Global Hunter's picture

good point re: McCabe.

Let's fire him too! 

jeff montanye's picture

indeed he should be fired.  he is part of the "resistance" and don't forget:

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Sure.  But the kind of guy who considers it a promotion is a nobody.  I rest my case that he can't get a public figure with gravitas except Lieberman.  Peeps aren't stupid lol.

man of Wool's picture

The only person that needs firing is Trump. Wanker is supposed to be running the country not playing little TV games.

jeff montanye's picture

after sixteen years of bushobama running the country i find little tv games refreshing and amusing.

plus it's starting to flush the deep state out into the open where the choked shotguns have a chance.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Nice little distraction BONUS for the "Bread & Circus" crowd as the VIX and everything else in market Wunderland continues it's march into the abyss!

Sanity Bear's picture

I'll take the job.

Everyone in McClean, Virginia and Bethesda, Maryland would be arrested immediately while we sorted out the few innocents from the batch.

Arnold's picture

They back ground check your Zero Hedge History, and its Gitmo for you!

Squid Viscous's picture

Merrick Garland... he's tribal and will appease the demoncrats who bitched when he got blocked from SCOTUS

sister tika's picture

Methinks Trey Gowdy would accept the position if it was offered to him.

jeff montanye's picture

no harm in trying.  give it a go.

brushhog's picture

"The fallout from Trump's ongoing FBI scandal"

Isnt it amazing how, if they keep repeating something you come to believe it? What scandal? There is no scandal, the president fired the FBI director. The media is trying to portray it as a scandal.

Clycntct's picture

OWwwwwwwww! Snowflakes are melting with that statement