Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump interviews 4 candidates to post of FBI director

Trump interviews 4 candidates to post of FBI director

Lieberman now works at the law firm that often represents Trump, Kasowitz. This type of vigilance against illegal press leaks may be welcome news for President Trump, whose administration has been dogged by damaging internal leaks.

President Donald Trump is considering former Connecticut Sen. Frank Keating, FBI acting director Andrew McCabe and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, according to the White House.

As Politico points out, Lieberman being the president's possible pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be an "unorthodox" one.

These candidates have been sent over from the Department of Justice, the official said. Former Director Comey alleged in a memo - the details of which were made public Tuesday - that Trump asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. In January, he was the target of liberal scorn when he testified in favor of Trump's choice for Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, in her Senate confirmation hearings.

McCabe became acting director following Comey's dismissal on May 9.

Potentially complicating his issues with Democrats, Lieberman's firm has represented Trump in past litigation.

Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, educated at Yale and Yale Law school, and served in the Connecticut state senate and as attorney general of the state before being elected as the state's Senator in Washington. At a Democratic Senator lunch on Thursday, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and others criticized the pick.

Lieberman a 75-year-old an Orthodox Jew, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, the first Jewish candidate on a presidential ticket. He did not seek re-election in 2012. He also was the US attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and served in a law enforcement position in Washington during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan.

Keating served as governor of Oklahoma from 1995-2003 and was appointed to the OU Board of Regents in March.

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