Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Sunday the events of the past week will likely make it more difficult to find qualified candidates to step into the vacated FBI director role.
“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 said on CNN’s “Fareed Zarkaria GPS.”
Woolsey's appearance follows the sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey amid an ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He may have also been alluding to Trump’s warning tweet about possible “taped” conversations between him and the Comey.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
“But I find this whole thing, this whole week to be very troubling for its inchoate ways and inchoate reasons,” Woolsey added.
Woolsey, who supported Trump during the presidential campaign, also criticized Comey on Sunday for his repeated public appearances.
“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.”
Woolsey also echoed Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s sentiment during a congressional hearing this week: FBI agents are loyal to the Constitution, not the president or other political figures.