Colorado’s John Suthers no longer a candidate to become FBI director

WASHINGTON — Candidates vying for the top spot at the FBI were interviewed for the position over the weekend and Colorado Springs Mayor and former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers didn’t make the cut.

According to CNN, eight finalists had underwent initial reviews for the job, which was left empty after President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of James Comey last week.

The candidates met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before potentially meeting with President Trump.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced last week that he had pushed to include Suthers on the shortlist for the position, saying he would be an “excellent choice” to head the intelligence agency.

Rep. Mike Coffman followed suit, labeling Suthers “independent and tough.”

In response to inquiries regarding his inclusion on the shortlist, Suthers said he was “honored” to be considered though it was “premature” to comment.

Suthers also received endorsements from former Gov. Bill Owens, current Gov. John Hickenlooper and current Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday.

Republicans control the Senate with 52 seats. Confirmation for the FBI director position requires only 51 votes.

Those who interviewed with Sessions and Rosenstein were: Former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia; acting FBI director Andrew McCabe; former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a former FBI agent; Adam Lee, the FBI special agent heading the Richmond, Va., office; U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson; former Justice Department official Alice Fisher; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; and former Homeland Security adviser Fran Townsend.