Mike Rogers for FBI director?

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One of the names being floated to replace abruptly-fired FBI Director James Comey is Howell’s own Mike Rogers, who served as an FBI agent from 1988 to 1994, fighting organized crime in Chicago.

Rogers — a Howell High School grad who served in the Michigan Senate before spending 14 years representing Michigan’s 8th District — headed the House Intelligence Committee before leaving Congress in 2014. A conservative Republican, Rogers has a reputation of being able to also work effectively with Democrats.

Four years ago, the FBI Agents Association, representing more than 12,000 FBI agents, urged President Obama to choose Rogers to replace then-Director Robert Mueller, whose term was expiring.

Instead, Obama appointed Comey.

In a statement released after Comey’s firing, Rogers said that it is “absolutely critical” the process to replace Comey be as “smooth and efficient as possible to ensure the the FBI gets back on its feet and resumes its focus on its critical law enforcement, national security, and counter intelligence missions.”

Since leaving Congress, Rogers has his own talk radio program on Westwood One, and he serves as a national security commentator on CNN and hosts “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” on the network.

He was brought in by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to serve on the national-security group advising President-elect Trump during the transition, but when Christie lost favor and he and his team were cast aside, Rogers was replaced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who had replaced Rogers on the House Intelligence Committee. The removal of Rogers was called “alarming” by an opinion piece in the Washington Post.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. She is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.