Other candidates reportedly under consideration are former Assistant U.S. Atty. Gen. Alice Fisher, New York appeals court Judge Michael Garcia, FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia. If even a couple of other Republicans adopted Graham’s views and Senate Democrats held the line, Trump could be forced to name an FBI director who hadn’t run for office in a partisan election. (That seems a more realistic strategy than holding confirmation of a new FBI director hostage to a promise by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel to supervise the investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.) The FBI director is appointed to a 10-year-term (admittedly one that a president can cut short) precisely because he or she is supposed to be independent of any political party. Nominating partisan Republicans such as Cornyn or Rogers to head the bureau would blur that distinction in the public mind. If Trump can’t see that, Cornyn and Rogers should ponder Graham’s words — and withdraw their names from consideration.
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