Experts: ‘No baggage’ For Next FBI Head

President Trump faces a critical week deciding on a new FBI director who experts urged should be free of “political baggage” following Trump’s ouster of James B. Comey.

“He should treat the process with the same reverence as selecting a Supreme Court justice. At the end of the day, he should strive for someone who doesn’t have political baggage and who can make the career folks at the FBI and DOJ comfortable, given that they are currently on pins and needles,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist.

Trump faced a political firestorm last week after firing Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump aides.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday, saying Comey had lost the confidence of the public and his own intelligence agency.

So far, 14 people have emerged as candidates, including Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York’s highest court; Alice Fisher, a high-ranking official with the Justice Department under George W. Bush’s administration; and Adam Lee, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Richmond, Va.

Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves for his first overseas trip as president on Friday.

Read more from Antonio Planas at the Boston Herald

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