Hours after Andrew McCabe stunned Washington on Monday with his surprise resignation as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the consensus among longtime FBI observers was his successor would almost certainly come from the career ranks of the bureau.
"The Number Two official at the bureau is historically an agent or an administrative official," Nancy Savage, head of the Society of Former FBI Agents, told Newsmax. "He primarily administers the bureau, because the director has so much else to do."
The deputy will be the choice of FBI Director Christopher Wray, and the position does not require Senate confirmation.
The early favorite for the job is Assistant Director David L. Bowditch, now the Number Three official in the FBI. Bowditch earned high marks as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI field office and is considered well-liked by fellow agents.
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