Rep. Trey Gowdy has removed his name from the list of FBI Director hopefuls. He spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and gave him the news on Monday.
Many of us were hoping and praying that Gowdy would take the position and run with it. Gowdy is one of the most popular House representatives out there and placing him along beside Sessions would have been a dream team for the ages to restore “law and order.”
But it is not to be. Gowdy’s written statement says a lot except for one thing and that is the real reason why. Gowdy has turned down a possible run at the House speakership and now he’s turning down a role as FBI Director. What gives?
Our justice system is the foundation of our republic, and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. Having worked in the justice system for 20 years at both the state and federal levels and on both the trial and appellate levels, I know how indispensable it is that we respect our justice system and that it be worthy of our respect. Working in the criminal justice system, alongside the women and men of law enforcement, and in pursuit of the facts, the truth and ultimately justice is and always will be the highlight of my professional career. The blind-folded woman holding a set of scales and a sword is the best boss I have ever had.
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. I greatly appreciate the Attorney General speaking with me and respecting my decision and I wish him wisdom as he interviews potential candidates.
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. I am confident that person will emerge. I want to thank the scores of law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have contacted me over the past couple of days. Perhaps we can work together again in the future.
As I said before, Gowdy is well admired throughout the country for the toughness he brings to the investigation hearings and hopefully one day he will decide to work for the people in a higher role.
Until then Rep. Gowdy, continue doing the job you have in the role we have seen you perform. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
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