The FBI Agents Association on Saturday urged President Trump to nominate Mike Rogers, former House Intelligence Committee chairman and FBI special agent, to be the agency's next director.
Thomas O'Connor, the group's president, said in a statement that Rogers exemplified "the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI director." Rogers, a special agent who later served as congressman from Michigan, is currently a CNN commentator on national security. He is, according to at least one report, on the shortlist to be considered by Trump. Trump fired the last FBI director, James Comey, last week.
"It is essential that the next FBI director understand the details of how agents do their important work," O'Connor, whose group represents 13,000 active and retired FBI agents. "Mike Rogers' background as a special agent, veteran of the armed forces and former member of Congress sets him apart as someone capable of confronting the wide array of challenges facing our help ensure that the Bureau remains the world's premiere law enforcement agency."
Trump said Saturday morning that he may nominate a new director as early as next week. Other candidates reportedly being considered for the role include Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and New York state judge, Michael Garcia; acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; and former Justice Department Criminal Division Chief Alice Fisher.
"Agents are essential to the Bureau's primary mission of protecting our country from a wide array of threats ranging from street gangs and mortgage fraud to cyber-espionage and foreign and domestic terrorists," said O'Connor. "The next Director must remain committed to the centrality of the Special Agent to the Bureau's mission."