Lisa Monaco, Garland, Comey, Fitzgerald Seen as Possible FBI Directors


The Obama administration has begun to search for a replacement for FBI Director Robert Mueller and for the first time one of the leading contenders is a woman, Lisa Monaco, who left a senior post at the Justice Department this month to become President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, the Washington Post reports. The director's job is limited to 10 years by law, but Congress in 2011 extended Mueller's term for two years at the request of President Obama after a search for a replacement failed. Officials said the administration wants to find a successor soon so that person can be vetted, nominated and confirmed before Congress goes on summer recess. Among other names that have surfaced as contenders are Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; James Comey, deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration; Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney in Chicago.

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