South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Monday withdrew his name from the shortlist of contenders for FBI Director, voicing his "firm conviction" that he "would not be the right person."
"Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth. I am confident that person will emerge," Gowdy, a Republican, said in a statement Monday night.
"I want to thank the scores of law enforcement offices and prosecutors who have contacted me over the past couple of days. Perhaps we can work together again in the future."
Lawmakers have called on Trump to appoint an FBI director who does not have a political background.