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Rep. Chris Stewart has emerged as a top candidate to be the next director of national intelligence in the Trump administration.

The New York Times reported Tuesday night that current national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, is pushing President Donald Trump to nominate Stewart for the job. The current acting intelligence chief must vacate the post by March 11 according to the law.

Stewart has emerged as one of the most steadfast defenders of President Trump in Congress. 

This is not the first time Stewart has been mentioned as a contender for a job in the Trump administration. He was thought to be a possible nominee for Air Force Secretary.