On Monday Rep. Trey Gowdy removes himself from consideration for the FBI Director job. This was after social media was ablaze hoping Gowdy was the next FBI Director.
Gowdy addressed the issue in a social media post. He made it know that he told AG Jeff Session that he would "not be the right person" to take over for recently fired FBI Director James Comey.
Per Trey Gowdy's Twitter:
"I was out of the country on a House intelligence committee mission when Jim Comey's tenure ended as director of the FBI. I spoke briefly with Attorney General Sessions Saturday when I returned and again this afternoon. 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."
Our country deserves a Director w/ not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice & truth. pic.twitter.com/SZIXbfmSOo
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) May 15, 2017
Gowdy is a lawmaker who has been working in the justice system for 20 years. He has been at both the state and federal levels. He went on to say in the post, "Our country deserves a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth."
This statement came from the middle of a rapid search by the Trump administration to find Gowdy's replacement. Many from the left and the right have speculated that Gowdy would be a great replacement for Comey. Count Former South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers as one of those on Team Gowdy. Here is a tweet from last week about it.
Dems are going to hate me for this. I don't care. The best replacement for Comey is Trey Gowdy. He's as honest as day is long.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) May 10, 2017
As usual, Trey Gowdy handled this situation with class. He realized there was a lot of speculation about him possible becoming the next FBI Director. He also knew that making it know that he is not interested would help speed up the process. Not a surprise when you look at Gowdy's history. Also, it is being widely speculated that Gowdy is poised to replace House Oversight Committee Chief Jason Chaffetz.