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Trey Gowdy pulls out of the running for FBI Director job, reveals why

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South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy withdrew from consideration as FBI Director, saying he’s not the right person for the job.

Gowdy revealed in a statement Monday that he had informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend that he has taken himself out of running to replace James Comey, who was fired last week.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor who was considered a top contender for the post, said the following: “I shared with him two things: (1) the qualities I believe are indispensable for our next FBI Director to possess, and (2) my firm conviction that I would not be the right person.”

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Over the weekend, the Trump administration conducted interviews with several potential candidates. However, President Trump’s advisers have reportedly urged him to hire a non-politician to replace Comey because the FBI Director job needs to be confirmed by the Senate.

Given the toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill these days, it’s unlikely that someone like Trey Gowdy would have been confirmed without an ugly, drawn-out fight from Democrats.

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Here’s a look at Gowdy in action, when he dismantled Hillary Clinton‘s mountain of lies in a fiery exchange with former FBI Director Comey.

Meanwhile, Twitter reacted with disappointment over Gowdy’s withdrawal, saying he would have been a great FBI Director.


Others said now that Trey Gowdy is out of the running, it’s time to throw their support behind Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.

Samantha Chang


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