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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.
  • Check out this 2011 photo of McFeely and Rosenstein where they're announcing the results of a federal corruption case. At the time, McFeely said, "The FBI will devote all available resources to bring corrupt public officials and their criminal associates to justice."
  • In 2009 McFeely said this about a leaker in the FBI ranks: "As a trusted member of the FBI ranks, Leibowitz abused the trust of the FBI and the American public by using his access to classified information for his own purposes."
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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Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: Fortenberry alerted supporters to the impending charges Tuesday morning, saying in a video uploaded to YouTube federal prosecutors in California "accused me of lying, and are charging me with this."

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

School enrollment fell by almost 3 million from 2019 to 2020

Kindergarten student Natalia Bayoumi holds the hand of her father Amir Bayoumi as he walks to the front door of Normont Elementary School in Harbor City, CA. Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The number of individuals enrolled in the U.S. education system dropped by 2.9 million from 2019 to 2020, according to new data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Why it matters: This marks the lowest level of school enrollment for those under 35 years-old in over 20 years, per the Census Bureau.