Qualified candidates to fill the position of FBI director may be harder to find following the events of the past week, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Sunday.
"I think it's going to be very hard to find a good FBI director who is willing to operate under the circumstances that we've seen this week," Woolsey told CNN on Sunday.
James Comey was suddenly dismissed as director of the FBI by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, raising questions about the agency's investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the president when running for office and Russian officials.
Woosley also may have been referencing the tweet Trump wrote on Friday where he warned, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
"I find this whole thing, this whole week to be very troubling for its inchoate ways and inchoate reasons," Woolsey said.
Woolsey, a Democrat, headed the CIA from 1993 to 1995 under former President Bill Clinton, but supported Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also criticized Comey's actions which led to his dismissal from the FBI.
"He headed not the Federal Bureau of Public Information, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and I'm not used to seeing — either in my CIA job or otherwise — FBI directors giving press conferences," Woolsey said.
"Although this is a strange situation, and he felt that it was necessary for him to do that given the circumstances he was in each time, but I think it was a slippery slope," he added.
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