This is out of left field!
After many asked for Trey Gowdy to be Comey’s replacement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly planning to suggest Judge Merrick Garland as the next FBI Director.
Politico’s John Holmes said on Fox News Sunday that Obama’s failed pick to replace Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is the Republican Senator’s top choice.
And he isn’t the first to express this opinion! During a White House meeting, Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, made the same recommendation according ABC.
A White House spokesman said Lee raised the possibility of Garland as a replacement for the recently fired FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump’s staff. Lee’s proposal was not made directly to the president though, the spokesman said.
“I think it has some advantages to it because … this is someone who has a lot of bona fides as a prosecutor,” said Lee on Fox News Thursday morning. “He has been one who has got allies as a potential director nominee in both political parties.”
Other than the attempt at choosing someone who is bipartisan (which we don’t believe Garland is, but we digress), nominating Garland has another motive that might appeal to Trump and other Republicans. It would open up a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court and give Trump the opportunity to appoint his own judge to the lifetime position.
Lindsey Graham also endorsed the idea, saying, “I like that. I think he’s a good guy.”
What do you think? Is the idea of appointing a Trump judge to the D.C. Circuit Court enough for you to get behind Garland’s nomination?