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Merrick Garland Not a Serious Contender for FBI Job

Merrick Garland Not a Serious Contender for FBI Job
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By Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:08 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As President Trump moves closer to choosing a successor to fired FBI Director James Comey, the rumor mill in D.C. has been lit up with talk of Merrick Garland for the job.

What makes all this especially newsworthy is that his name was floated by the Republican most responsible for barring him from getting a vote by the Senate when he was President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court last year.

“Fantastic,” is how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the prospect of Garland for the FBI position.

Under McConnell’s strategy, Garland’s nomination to the high court last year never received a vote in the Senate and the vacancy was eventually filled by President Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch.

But whatever the motivations of McConnell or anyone else, legal experts almost unanimously agree that the talk of Garland leaving the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to take over the FBI is just talk.

“I’d be surprised if Garland were interested,” John Eastman, professor and former dean of the Chapman University (California) Law School, “Why give up a lifetime appointment for what will undoubtedly be a firestorm, and give Trump a nomination to the D.C. Circuit to replace him?”

Eastman’s view was strongly seconded by Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

“The directorship of the FBI should not be a consolation prize for a disappointed political appointee of the prior president,” von Spakovsky told Newsmax. “The administration should get a law enforcement professional who can restore the public's confidence in the objectivity and nonpartisanship of the FBI. That is not Merrick Garland."

Asked at yesterday’s White House briefing if Garland was under consideration for the FBI, White House press secretary Sean Spicer replied: “The search for a new FBI director is being handled by the Department of Justice. My expectation would be that once they've conducted that search, they'll present names for consideration to the president. But they are the ones that are leading that effort.”

So far, Garland has not been interviewed by the Justice Department.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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As President Trump moves closer to choosing a successor to fired FBI Director James Comey, the rumor mill in D.C. has been lit up with talk of Merrick Garland for the job.
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