Wanted: New FBI director ‘ready to go’

April 26, 2011

The search for a new FBI director is under way, and Attorney General Eric Holder wants someone “ready to go” to fill some large shoes.

Robert Mueller, the current FBI chief who took office right before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, is limited by law to serving a 10-year term.

The goal was to have somebody nominated and “ready to go” by the time Mueller steps down, Holder said. President Barack Obama’s nominee must be confirmed by the Senate.

“Bob is a hard person to replace. He has done a really  excellent job in transforming the FBI,” Holder said.

“We want to make sure that the person who we pick to be his successor will be able to fill those really large shoes,” said Holder, who worked with Mueller in the U.S. Attorney’s office in prosecuting murder cases in Washington during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Holder said “the process is under way” and he will be working with the White House and Vice President Joe Biden’s office in searching for Mueller’s replacement.

Possible candidates include former Deputy Attorney General Jim Comey; Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago; Kenneth Wainstein, a former White House homeland security adviser; John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration; and Michael Mason, a former top FBI official.

Holder declined to discuss any names, but said, “I think there are a lot of good candidates out there.”

He said the administration was moving at the “appropriate pace” and suggested it still had enough time to decide on a
nominee and get the person approved by the Senate before Mueller departs.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Mueller at Senate hearing, Sept. 22, 2010)

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