May 17, 2017 - Politics & Policy

The 4 FBI director candidates Trump interviewed

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday Trump is interviewing four candidates to replace the vacant FBI Director role today: Joe Lieberman, Frank Keating, Richard McFeely, and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Joe Lieberman

  • Former Senator from Connecticut who served as the Homeland Security Committee Chairman.
  • This year he introduced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing and is a member of the board of DeVos' American Federation of Children.
  • He indicated in 2010 the NYT could be prosecuted for releasing WikiLeaks documents.
  • You may remember Lieberman as Al Gore's running mate in 2000, although he endorsed Hillary Clinton for her 2016 run.
  • Lieberman has no experience as an FBI agent, federal judge, or prosecutor, per The Hill.

Frank Keating

Richard McFeely

  • Former top FBI official who retired from his more than two decade FBI career in 2014.
  • He was Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office, which means he served with — guess who — Rod Rosenstein, whose memo has been cited as the reason James Comey was fired in the first place.
  • He served as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch from 2012-2014
  • He was a section head of the Criminal Investigative Division, and led an international investigation into an assassination plot on a foreign leader, and was the lead case agent for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Andrew McCabe

  • Currently serving as Acting FBI Director.
  • He is the only one on this new list that has been on previous short-lists.
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