The odds are in favor of former Michigan congressman Mike Rogers to lead the FBI following the sudden dismissal of director James Comey.
Since Comey’s ouster, the roster of candidates who could potentially replace him—all with various levels of law enforcement and legislative experience—continues to change. Joe Lieberman had been considered a front-runner and had even met with U.S. President Donald Trump to interview for the top FBI position, but the former senator withdrew from consideration, citing the potential of a conflict of interest, The Wall Street Journal reported.
And now that Lieberman is out of the running, two other prospects are being floated to lead the bureau: Rogers and former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.
The two candidates were both former FBI agents, but Rogers, 54, is said to have the edge over Keating, who is 73. Rogers, who retired from Congress in 2014 after seven terms, also has the backing from the former and active agents’ associations, who cited his experience serving in the FBI as well as his time in Congress as the reasons for their endorsement.
“It is essential that the next FBI director understand the details of how Agents do their important work,” Thomas F. O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, said in a statement. “Chairman Rogers exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI director.”
Bookmakers also favor Rogers over other candidates. At Bodog, the former Michigan representative is the current favorite with 7/4 odds of becoming the next FBI director, followed by Keating who odds is at 4/1.
Other candidates included acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe (6/1); Director for the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch Paul Abbate (6/1); former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly (6/1); former Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole (12/1); former homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush Frances Townsend (15/1); former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (18/1); and U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson (22/1).
Also reportedly shortlisted for the position are Larry Thompson, former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush (25/1); Adam Lee, special agent in charge of Richmond FBI office (30/1); J. Michael Luttig, former federal appellate court judge and current Boeing executive (35/1); John Sutters, mayor of Colorado Springs in Colorado (35/1); Ken Wainstein, former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division (40/1); and Chris Christie, governor of the state of New Jersey.
Meanwhile, the odds of the next FBI director will be appointed in the first week of June is at 7/4, followed by the week of June 12th (5/2), while the week of May 29th has 3/1 odds of happening. The appointment happening on the week of June 26th is at 9/1, while the week of June 19th or any other time have 5/1 odds.