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Here's who Trump might pick to replace James Comey as FBI director


UPDATE 10:27 a.m. EST: The search is on for an interim FBI director.

ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump shocked many last night by firing FBI Director James Comey for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And now, of course, comes the time where speculation over his replacement runs wild. 

Here are six potential candidates Trump might consider to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Trump himself is fueling speculation over his pick. 

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani is the former mayor of New York City and the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also happens to be one of Trump's staunchest supporters. Given his loyalty and his law enforcement background, he might be an an ideal choice in the president's eyes. 

Giuliani is also a serious Clinton critic, saying days before the election,"When I see her, I see her in an orange jumpsuit, I'm sorry. Or at least a striped one."

Trey Gowdy

Maybe a longer shot, but Gowdy led the House committee on Benghazi and was extremely critical of Clinton during the duration of the investigation. 

Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor who is very proud of his work on drug trafficking, bank robberies and child pornography. 

Gowdy has gone on record as saying that he disagreed with choices made by Comey, but that he respected the difficulty of the job. 

Chris Christie

Another Trump loyalist. The New Jersey governor stood by Trump through thick and thin during the president's time on the campaign trail. He was appointed to lead the president's opioid and drug abuse commission earlier in 2017. 

Christie, however, like Giuliani and Gowdy, is an extremely partisan choice. Trump may choose to go with a safer pick. 

Ray Kelly

Speaking of safer picks, Kelly was mentioned as a potential head of the FBI in 1993 after leaving his post as the commissioner of the NYPD after the World Trade Center bombings. 

He was considered by then-President Bill Clinton, which means that he could get bipartisan support. He wound up holding two jobs under Clinton: undersecretary of terrorism and financial intelligence and commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service.

Andrew McCabe

McCabe is currently the acting director of the FBI and worked under Comey since February of 2016. 

He joined the FBI in 1996 and has worked in a number of different fields. 

However, that connection to Comey might be his undoing, given that McCabe also had his hands in the Russia investigation. 

John Pistole

Currently the president of Anderson University in Indiana, Pistole was at one point the deputy director of the FBI under former President George W. Bush. 

He joined the FBI in 1983 and served in the bureu for 26 years. 

Pistole would also be a bipartisan choice given that he worked on terrorism policy during both the Bush and Obama administrations. 

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