On Wednesday, President Donald Trump interviewed four candidates including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and Andrew McCabe, the current bureau’s acting director to replace James Comey as FBI director. He also met with former top FBI official, Richard McFeely. The interviews came more than a week after Donald Trump fired James Comey from his post as FBI director.
On Monday, Trump told that the search for a successor of James Comey was “Moving rapidly” and he could name a candidate by the end of this week before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. Further, he added: “The Senate must confirm whoever he nominates.”
Sean Spicer, Sean Spicer informed reporters about the discussions as Trump flew to Washington after lecturing U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in Connecticut.
Asked as he left the White House whether he would say “yes” if Trump offered him the job, Keating said: “I am a public servant and let’s just say we had a good conversation.” Mr. Lieberman, former Connecticut Sen gave a thumbs up to reporters camped out on the White House driveway, and he said: “It was a good meeting.”
The former top FBI official, Mr. McFeely departed without any comments. Reporters did not see McCabe when he left the White House.
Mr. Lieberman, former Connecticut Senate served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate. While speaking at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, John McCain, he said that he did not seek re-election in 2012. Mr. Lieberman served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.
Mr. Keating, a Republican, was a two-term governor of Oklahoma and led the state during the deadly 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. A former FBI agent, Keating served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Mr. McCabe became acting director following Jamey Comey’s dismissal on May 9. The veteran FBI official made headlines for the congressional statement last week that rejected the White House’s claim that James Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file agents. He also discussed the administration’s characterization of a probe into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump White House.
Several other candidates including Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department’s criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former U.S. attorney from Manhattan have withdrawn from consideration.