The mix of candidates to succeed James Comey as FBI director is changing, as President Trump met with four finalists, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), as well as current acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, former FBI official Richard McFeely and former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a well-known Republican, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump may choose a new director, who must be approved by the Senate, before he leaves on a nine-day foreign trip tomorrow.
Selecting Lieberman—who served as a Democrat and later as an independent, and endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election—would allow the White House to characterize the choice as a bipartisan one. Lieberman, 75, has served as attorney general in Connecticut but has no federal law-enforcement experience, unlike past FBI directors. Lieberman works at a law firm whose founder the Trump Organization has referred to as its go-to lawyer, Mark Kasowitz. Keating, 73, served as Oklahoma governor from 1995 to 2003, and oversaw the state’s response to the Oklahoma City federal-building bombing in 1995. He had previously served as a U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma and was a top Justice Department official under Ronald Reagan. McFeely, a former longtime official at the FBI, is now director of investigative services at Ernst & Young.