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Trey Gowdy Pulls Out of Consideration for FBI Director

Trey Gowdy

South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy announced in a statement released Monday that he informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions he would not like to be considered for FBI director:

James Comey, the former FBI chief, was abruptly fired on Tuesday in a shocking move that ensnared the White House in a firestorm of controversy.

The White House is looking for a quick replacement for Comey, and reports circulated over the weekend that Gowdy was in the running to lead the FBI — despite criticism that appointing a Republican congressman to the post would run the risk of politicizing the agency.

The Republican congressman said in the statement he had spoken with Sessions on Saturday and Monday, and informed him of his “firm conviction” that he “would not be the right person” for the job.

“Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth,” Gowdy said in his statement. “I am confident that person will emerge.”

A number of Gowdy’s fellow lawmakers in Congress and the Senate are also rumored to be under consideration for the job, including Texas Senator John Cornyn.

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