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Report: Mike Rogers Among Names Floated as Potential CIA Directors

The search for a new CIA director has seen several names being floated as potential successors, the New York Times reports.

Deputy Director Michael Morell has taken over as acting director and is the most likely candidate for the post on a permanent basis and is the favorite inside the agency’s Langley, Va. Headquarters, according to David Sanger’s story.

Another name mentioned in Sanger’s report is that of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee since 2001 and a lawmaker since 2000.

Rogers is also a former FBI special agent and U.S. Army officer.

According to the Detroit News, Rogers is one of eight lawmakers that are among the first lawmakers to be informed about U.S. intelligence actions.

Rep. Candice Miller, another Michigan Republican, told reporter Marisa Schultz that Obama appointing Rogers to head the CIA would display bipartisanship.

Rogers served for five years as a special agent with the FBI’s Chicago office, where he investigated organized crime and political corruption and served in the Army for four years prior.

Other names reported in the NY Times as candidates include John Brennan, the chief White House counterterrorism adviser, National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon and Michael Leiter, a former National Counterterrorism Center director.

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