COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It appears the mayor of Colorado Springs is no longer being considered to replace James Comey as Director of the FBI.
CNN reports that 8 people interviewed for the job over the weekend, and John Suthers was not one of them.
Suthers made it onto the original list of 11 possible candidates on the recommendation of Senator Cory Gardner.
At a luncheon in Colorado Springs Monday, Suthers told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that he is not at liberty to comment.
CNN is reporting that the interview process for the job is now closed and that the following eight people were interviewed:
- Alice Fisher, a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington;
- Adam Lee, FBI special agent-in-charge, Richmond, Virginia;
- Andrew McCabe, acting FBI director;
- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas;
- Judge Henry Hudson, United States district judge of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia;
- Judge Michael Garcia, a court of appeals judge in New York state
- Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush
- Mike Rogers, former congressman and FBI special agent.
"It's not surprising that he would show up on the list. He's obviously had a wealth of experience and much of it related to the kind of work the FBI does. So he might be the kind of person the president is looking for," said KRDO Political Analyst Josh Dunn.
Suthers took office in May 2015. His resume includes stints as Colorado Attorney General, United States Attorney for Colorado, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, and 4th Judicial District Attorney.
Suthers is a lifelong resident of Colorado Springs. He graduated from St. Mary's High School.
Although Suthers is qualified, we asked Dunn, what's the likelihood of this actually happening?
"I don't think they would put people out there who they aren't actually considering. We do know that when Trump put out a list before for the replacement for Antonin Scalia, he selected someone from that list," Dunn said.
The question now, if not Suthers, who will be the new FBI director?
"At some point you have to wonder whether anyone is going to be prepared for this position now?" Dunn said.