Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is pushing for New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly to head the FBI when Robert Mueller’s term ends in September, the New York Daily News reports. “I think the country needs him,” said Schumer. “Ray Kelly is a world-class choice, and he’s at the top of the list, whether it’s fighting terrorism, drug crime or street crime.” Schumer will strenuously advocate for Kelly in both the Justice Department and the White House.
“He’s the preeminent law enforcement person in the country,” said Schumer. “He knows more about this than anyone.” Kelly rejected overtures to head the FBI before Mueller was appointed. Schumer touted Kelly’s experience keeping the city safe from terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks. New York police have had a hand in thwarting at least 13 potential plots since the 2001 attacks and has established international outposts in cities like Tel Aviv, Paris, and Madrid. Kelly, 69, has spent 31 years in the NYPD, including two stints as commissioner. He ran the department from 1992 to 1994 under Mayor David Dinkins and reclaimed the top spot when Michael Bloomberg became mayor in 2002.