Fitzgerald On Short-List For New FBI Director?

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may be in for a major promotion.

Buzz is circulating that Fitzgerald is on the short-list to replace Robert Mueller as director of the FBI.

Mueller is facing a mandatory retirement after his tenth year on the job.

Fitzgerald prosecuted former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, media mogul Conrad Black, and former police Cmdr. Jon Burge – who reported to prison Wednesday after being convicted of lying about torturing suspects.

As a special prosecutor, he also led the probe of the outing of CIA Officer Valerie Plame, which resulted in the conviction of Bush administration official Lewis Scooter Libby in 2007.

He gained a reputation as a zealous prosecutor devoted to fighting corruption, although some critics questioned his strong choice of words, such as proclaiming in 2008 that Blagojevich had committed “conduct that would make President Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

Fitzgerald’s office declined to comment or issue a statement Wednesday about the U.S. Attorney’s future plans.

Sources also tell CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that Fitzgerald is not well-liked in the White House.

  • Fed up

    The thugs in Chicago politics would love for Fitzgerald to be promoted anywhere other than here. Obammi may not like him but he has to kiss the ring in Chicago in order to get the Demorat vote. Keep Fitz here, we like to see the local pols squirm. It is the only fun we have while we are being raped, sold out and just plain robbed by our pols.

  • bright light

    Are you kidding me? This guy was bought a long time ago. He had thousands of chances to go after the big tuna.

    He probably has the industrial sized shredders going 24/7 till he gets to D.C.

  • I Say Nothing I Know Nothing

    Who is watching the watchers?.

  • Bessie

    He has payed his dues’, protecting Obama by not releasing the 2 hour interview with then President Elect Obama and not letting Tony Rezko testify…Now we have him ignoring the cries for him to investigate the cover-up of Daley’s nephew Vanecko’s murdering that young boy…The ultimate player in ‘Pay to Play” has to be Fitz….

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