Donald Trump is in the process of selecting a new FBI Director.

Trey Gowdy was thought to be one of the contenders.

So is Gowdy about to make a big announcement about leaving Congress?

When news broke that Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, pundits speculated South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was on the short list for the replacement.

South Carolina political blog First News reported that Gowdy was contacted about whether he was interested in the position, and he indicated he was:

“U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy received a call from the administration of Donald Trump this week asking whether he was interested in becoming the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Gowdy’s answer?  “Yes.”

According to multiple sources, the fourth-term congressman confirmed his interest in the position to the White House.

Obviously this wasn’t a job offer, it was merely the first step in gauging Gowdy’s interest in the position.  Several other names have been floated as candidates for the nation’s top law enforcement post, which became vacant earlier this week when Trump fired former director James Comey (prompting full-on apoplexy from the far left).

But Gowdy is definitely in the running, as we reported earlier this week.

“He’s on the official short list,” a source familiar with the situation told us.”

But over the weekend, eight other candidates were interviewed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Bloomberg reports:

The two top officials at the Justice Department have interviewed eight candidates to replace the fired James Comey amid demands from lawmakers of both parties for Donald Trump to turn over any recordings he may have made of his meetings with the former FBI director.

Washington continued to be roiled by Trump’s firing of Comey on May 9, citing frustrations with the FBI director’s conduct. Comey was in charge of the agency’s investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in that country’s attempts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election last year. Trump’s tweet that Comey had “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations” has added to the turmoil.

Over the weekend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the eight candidates for permanent FBI director, and no more interviews are currently scheduled, according to a U.S. official familiar with the process. The potential nominees are:

  • Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas

  • Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

  • Former Justice Department official Alice Fisher

  • Michael Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan

  • Fran Townsend, who was homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush

  • S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson

  • Adam Lee, the FBI special agent in charge of the Richmond, Virginia, office

  • Mike Rogers, a former FBI special agent and Republican congressman from Michigan who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.”

Gowdy would be a fine FBI Director, but he is needed in Congress.

He has taken on a larger role in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Gowdy is needed to focus the investigation on the only crime being investigated – the illegal leaks of classified information to damage the Trump administration.

We will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.