Judge Michael Garcia (David Handschuh/NYLJ)
Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia, who was on the short list to be FBI director and was interviewed for the job Saturday, has removed himself from consideration.
Garcia withdrew his name Wednesday from among those being looked at to replace James Comey as head of the federal law enforcement agency. Comey was fired by President Donald Trump last week.
A person familiar with the search confirmed to The Associated Press that the withdrawal occurred earlier Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was not already public.
A Court of Appeals spokesman has said Garcia would not be commenting on the matter.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI: former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, FBI acting director Andrew McCabe and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official.
Trump has suggested he hopes to name Comey’s successor before he departs Friday for his first overseas trip as president.
Garcia, 55, joined New York’s highest court about a year ago from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a litigation partner. He is the only Republican on the court.
He previously served as Southern District U.S. attorney—a position Comey once held as well.
Garcia began his law career as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel before serving from 1990 to 1992 as law clerk to Judge Judith Kaye, who was then an associate judge on the Court of Appeals.
He was an assistant Southern District U.S. attorney from 1992 to 2001 and prosecuted several high-profile terrorism cases. In 2001, he became assistant secretary of commerce for export enforcement and in December 2002 acting commissioner for the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service. From March 2003 to August 2005, he was assistant secretary for immigration and customs enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security.
Garcia returned to New York as U.S. attorney in 2005 after his nomination by President George W. Bush. He joined Kirkland & Ellis in 2008.