With FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe being unceremoniously thrown out of Washington, there’s been a media firestorm over who might replace him. Well, it’s looking like David Bowdich, a senior official who headed the FBI’s response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, will be stepping into the number two spot at the FBI.
McCabe will “formally retire” in March, but it’s reported that he will be leaving the deputy director position now.
McCabe has been a frequent target of President Trump — who allegedly asked the deputy director whom he had voted for in the presidential election — and congressional Republicans, who have criticized the FBI for its Russia probe and lack of transparency.
McCabe will use leave time to fill out his remaining tenure at the agency.
Here’s what we know about Mr. Bowdich, per the Washington Post:
The Albuquerque native graduated from New Mexico State University in 1991. He worked as an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department from 1991 to 1995, patrolling the Southeast and North Valley area commands, according to the Albuquerque Journal. He also worked as a detective during his time in the North Valley.
Bowdich joined the FBI in 1995 as a special agent and served as a SWAT team member and sniper at the agency’s San Diego field office. There, he investigated violent crimes and gangs, according to an FBI news release.
In 2009, Bowdich became the assistant special agent in charge of the bureau’s San Diego office. In that role, he identified the emerging kidnapping trend of Mexican cartel-related groups and, in response, created the country’s first FBI squad to pinpoint kidnapping threats on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mr. Bowdich talked to columnist Patt Morrison in 2015 about how federal agencies had to change after the 9/11 attacks.
“Former Director [Robert] Mueller told the story about how he went to see President Bush right after 9/11. He began to tell him all the resources in place at the Pentagon; the World Trade Center; in Shanksville, Pa; and President Bush puts up his hand and says, ‘I got it. What are we doing to stop the next one?’ And that was the sea change the FBI had to make,” Bowdich said.
Apparently, his favorite cops-and-robbers movie is “The Untouchables.”
“Eliot Ness’ character was unyielding, tenacious, principled,” he told the Times’s Morrison. “That describes what a law enforcement professional should be.”