Could Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. be a possibility to be the replacement for fired FBI director James Comey?

The White House has said the search to replace Comey will begin immediately and one name reportedly being floated as a potential replacement is Clarke.

“This is the kind of political theater that goes on when something like this opens up,” Clarke said on FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria this morning. “My name has been mentioned … I try not to get into that – I’m focused on what I’m doing right now.”

Elsewhere, there are some people across the nation putting Clarke in that conversation, too.
The Washington Times says that Trump is likely to reach outside the bureau to find someone to run the storied law enforcement agency and that Clarke could be a wild card. had Clarke in a top-five list. Trump and Clarke have been close throughout his presidential campaign and he even interviewed for a position in his cabinet, although that didn’t end up happening, the site’s story said.

“It seems unlikely that the search would end up with Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, because he doesn’t have much experience as a prosecutor or an investigator,” it added. “But crazier things have happened so far during Trump’s presidency, and his name has been thrown around as an early replacement for director.”

A Reuters story said that both Clarke and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were close campaign allies of Trump.

But they added: “Both men would be seen as highly political nominees for an agency designed to be independent.”

Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was expected to step in for now, according to Reuters, but he was unlikely to be nominated by Trump for the director’s post, said two former FBI officials.