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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roadhazard's picture

Who wants to work for a boss that will throw you under the bus whenever necessary.

barysenter's picture

Seth Rich? Eric Braverman? USMC? AbedinWeinerAndNogoodnik Brothers?

Burticus's picture

To avoid getting another rotten apple, avoid the rotten-apple barrel and go to the tree, like Elliot Ness did.

Of course, appointing someone with no political ambitions who is serious about prosecuting real crime & real criminals (central bankers, Clinton Crime Family Foundation, murderess Janet Reno, gun-runner Holder, hacking-tool Clapper, etc.) like Tyler Durden or even me would be out of the question.

Once again, the old quote "Kill them all and let Gawd sort 'em out" comes to mine.

Quinvarius's picture

Gowdy is already doing the job.  Make it offical.  We need a patriot that is not afraid of Clinton death threats.

roadhazard's picture

Gowdy was smart enough to be the first to just say no.

Hillarys Server's picture

The Rock just accepted.

"I hereby accept because I have muscles and I am buff. My first directive is ... um ... what does fbi stand for again?"

Debtpool's picture

Doesn't the Rock already work for the Diplomatic Security Service, and have smokin' hot female assistants?

Hyjinx's picture

TRUMP'S ongoing FBI scandal?!  WTF Tylers!?

Wahooo's picture

We need to get rid of do-nothing Drumpf. His talents end at Tweeting. No one wants to get near him.

bankerssuck's picture

Best news I have heard all week....

Shut that anti-constitutional department full of psychopaths down forever.

Lets really drain this shithole dc swamp.

Iceobar's picture

Let's see; I need someone loyal...and...trustworthy......Got it! "Hey, Kushner, come to my office, I need you to add something to your schedule."

barysenter's picture

Pussies. I'll do it. Start my orientation 2 weeks before I take over. I bring my own legal counsel, accountants and technologists.

allamerican's picture

all leaches.  not a patriot among all..


Von Berger's picture

Melania anyone?
"I vant to investigate that lump in your shorts darrrrrrrrrling.

MCDirtMigger's picture

First things first, always check the source. Reuters. Enough said.

pocomotion's picture

The FBI does not work in the sense that we Americans really need or can trust any longer.  The DOJ has been compromised along with all government agencies.

We the people will have to stand up and march on our capital or we will lose most of our sovereignty and freedom.  Iceland stood up to their treasonous government and, so can we!

Donald Trump needs to have 1 to 2 years to clean things up.  After that we best prepare for what we need to do, imho.

BetweenThe Coasts's picture

No FBI Director? So o.k., how about closing the FBI? Eliminate the budget for it.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Yup, easy fix, even get to save some money.

aliens is here's picture

Trump should have fired Comey on day one and start to investigate Hillary at the same time. His biggest mistake is believing if he plays nice the media, Hillary and other MF in congress will play nice too. Time to clean house President Trump get rid of Preibus and other RINOs they want to sink you and put in Pence.

FoggyWorld's picture

And his daughter and her husband ought to leave as well.  They in no way represent the people who elected Trump and they seem not to be able to provide him with good advice.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

I'll take the job! I'll dedicate the agency to hunting down the pedophile elite and their minions.

aliens is here's picture

Btw, I'll take the FBI job. I'll fking sack every fking traitors in day one.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

If I get the job I'll hire you on.

Robert Trip's picture

Elliot Ness will jump at the chance.

Offer it to him.

Bozo may be interested also.

Carl LaFong's picture

More FAKE NEWS. Trump need to stop trying to hire #nevertrumpers; fire all WH staff that were against him in any way; fire Obama security vetters and lie detector operators and bring in his own people... otherwise this shit will never come together.

silverer's picture

There's an Arizona ex-Sheriff that might be interested...

silverer's picture

Nobody wants the job? Then maybe it's time to disband the FBI. After all, they've been way too political and used too many times to abuse and abrogate the rights of American citizens. The talented rank and file can be hired by the states to do good work locally, out of the reach of Congress.

Avichi's picture

Next phase of consitutional Crisis Martial Law and Civil War ? Bring on the 

DirtySanchez's picture

When the phone rings and the POTUS tells you your nation needs your service, you take the fucking job.


This is fake news.

PitBullsRule's picture

"Well I was a judge, for the US Court of Appeals... then I quite that to become Trump's head of the FBI.  Then, unfortunately, Trump was impeached, and I was fired from that job a month later...  Ever since then, I've just been taking care of these rabbits here, see that one, I call him fuzzy... he loves lettuce...

Yeah thats my story!"

highwaytoserfdom's picture

McCabe put the horse head in bed....   Interesting  stuff policmen of world with no morals.. or Laws 

Leges Sine Moribus Vanae          Media social media outlawed on censorship and prosecuted under 3rd admendment standing army. Same as BLM and Soros.

Hopes were going for information revoution smashing asset forfeture force gang..  The empire wash rinse repeat

MCDirtMigger's picture

If I get to LOCK HER UP, I'll take the yob.

Grandad Grumps's picture

I get it.

If both Trump and Putin are trying to root out the corrupt parasitic pedophile rings (more arrests and prosecutions under Trump than ever before), then it would take someone with actual courage to be the FBI director and not someone who is looking for their next corrupt parasitic position and who will look the other way.

But, it is perfectly understandable that Trump is the target of such ire from the left and right alike... as well as the media and financial companies. Those who are part of the dephiled and corrupt pedophile cabal cannot and will not serve. So, by refusing to serve with Trump, the ex-cadidates are either admitting they are corrupt pedophiles or that they are too afraid of the corrupt and parasitic pedophiles to do the right thing.

We are all imperfect. Imperfect people are often called upon by God to do his work. Some, who claim to be able to receive messages from God, say that we have been given a grace period that will last through Trump's presidency, to correct our ways before God's wrath is upon us. They say that it is our choice and if the people reject Trump, then they are rejecting God's grace. Given the level of corruption, it would be a reasonable conclusion that God is being rejected by those with power. It is a shame that those without power will likely be caught up in the wrath as well.

innertrader's picture

EVERY TRUMP SUPPORTER knew the NWO would pull out ALL weapons possible to destroy TRUMP!  However, they WILL FAIL!!!!!!  THE TRUTH IS STARTING TO RISE TO THE SURFACE and it will become louder and louder!!!

"SETH RICH" is yet another murder victum of the NWO!!!  NOW is the time to receive the message and go on the offiensive!!!



KuriousKat's picture

Actually dozens of IG positions were left vacnt by Clinton and obama just so they could getawaywith what they got away with..Trump should take his time filling it .save the money..

meanwhile Comey has another problem..

Mzhen's picture

Non-story.  Garland wasn't going to be picked anyway.  And Cornyn took himself out of the running to avoid the embarrassment of being passed over.

I'm not interested in hearing leaks from any more senior administration officials who want to dish dirt.  They don't have credibility.

Albertarocks's picture

35,000 people work for the FBI and not a single one of them is named James Gordon?  WTF?

ConnectingTheDots's picture

Ray Kelly?

Why not just put Heinrich Himmler in charge?

Kelly proved his loyalty to the Wall Street bankers during the Occupy Movement.

robertocarlos's picture

As soon as you investigate Clinton, you are a dead man walking.

skunzie's picture

Time to bring in a complete outsider, like me :-)  


Reaper's picture

Golden opportunity for an aggressive leader: Find Seth's killer and the hacks involved. Discover the NSA unmaskers. Uncover pedophiles. Find all the incriminating evidence on the computers. Destroy the Clinton Foundation.

kommissar's picture

i agree with clarke: not looking good for his re-election anyway.  we need a real COP in there, not some politician.  

LibertyVibe's picture

I hope they All refuse Trump, so he is forced to put Sheriff David Clark in as FBI Director. It would serve them right. He is the man the good people of America want anyway. NO MORE DC INSIDERS! DRAIN THE SWAMP!

TempoNick's picture

Gen. Flynn would be an even bigger FU to them. It would be fun to watch the nomination hearings.

SmittyinLA's picture

Kris Kobach can step in as interim FBI head