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Could Kelly Ayotte Be the Next FBI Director?

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    President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey. In a letter, Trump said that Comey is "not able to effectively lead the bureau." The Attorney General and his Deputy recommended the move, saying that Comey "was mistaken" going public about the Clinton email investigation.

    Democrats - many of whom said they'd also lost faith in Comey - are outraged now that he was fired while investigating Russian ties to President Trump. "It's pretty clear what's going on here: Donald Trump doesn't want anyone coming any place close to an active investigation," said Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is taking over for now.

    (Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017)

    Could former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte be the next FBI director?

    It's not totally out of the question. 

    So far, most of the speculative online lists of successors to James Comey haven't included Ayotte's name, but she was brought up as a possibility on Fox News and several other TV news outlets on Wednesday morning.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a long-time ally of Ayotte, told Fox News that he thinks she would be an "excellent choice." But he quickly added that "there are a lot of good people."

    Ayotte does have a law enforcement background, having served as New Hampshire's attorney general before joining the U.S. Senate. She has had a complicated relationship with Trump, first backing him and then backing away from him during her re-election campaign last year. But she worked closely with him to help usher Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch through the Senate confirmation process.

    She served as a visiting fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs this spring.

    So far, social media reaction to the idea of Ayotte as FBI director has been mixed:


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