Robert Mueller’s term as FBI director doesn’t expire for more than a year, but the guessing game has started on who will succeed him. MainJustice.com reports that the White House already is interviewing candidates. One possibility is that a nominee with Republican credentials, like U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago or James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General and now at Lockheed Martin, would minimize confirmation challenges.
Other names floated by MainJustice.com include Ronald Noble, director of Interpol and a Treasury Department official during the Clinton administration; New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and one of his predecessors, William Bratton, later Los Angeles police chief and now in the private sector. One woman mentioned is Frances Fragos Townsend, counterterrorism adviser in the George W. Bush White House.