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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In the scathing aftermath of the termination of James Comey from his position as FBI Director, it appears that President Trump is diligently doing his homework in terms of selecting Comey’s replacement. As of this moment, no replacement has been announced but according to the vibe circulating in  news reports, Trump is considering 11 people for the job and the DOJ will begin the interviewing process later in the week. 

Selecting a new FBI director will present both a challenge and opportunity for President Trump.  He must choose someone who will restore the credibility and effectiveness of the FBI. He must choose someone who will inspire confidence in the agency which is renowned for courageously battling both domestic and international terrorism.

Because America has been plagued with a national epidemic of drug abuse and gang violence that has seen way too many innocent people murdered, we need a tried and true leader who can effectuate change in the current climate. And who, other than the FBI should be in the forefront of this battle? 

As we know, whoever Trump picks will be placed under a high powered microscope, so to speak, since Comey was fired while leading the FBI’s probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Of those being considered for the job, the Jewish Voice offers our ringing endorsement to former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly. Laden with stellar credentials, Ray Kelly was the longest serving Commissioner in the history of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the first person to hold the post for two non-consecutive tenures. A lifelong New Yorker — Kelly had spent 47 years in the NYPD, serving in 25 different commands and as Police Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and again from 2002 until 2013. 

In March 2011, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer endorsed Kelly to become the next Director of the FBI, and in July 2013, he endorsed Kelly to become Secretary of Homeland Security.

Ray Kelly’s introduction of and use of the stop and frisk procedure has stood out as the most effective anti-crime tactic in New York City history.  This was evidenced in the staggering reduction of crime during this tenure as commissioner.  President Trump has consistently praised the concept of untying the hands of police so that they may stop someone they suspect of a crime and search them for contraband and weapons.

As former New York State Senator Al D’Amato has said, “I was proud to introduce Mr. Kelly to the Senate Committee that unanimously approved his nomination as U.S. Commissioner of Customs, from which he led the fight to secure our borders and stem the flow of drugs.”