Trump Meets With 4 Potential Candidates for Vacant FBI Director Position

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to Groton, Connecticut, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

On Wednesday, the president met with the four top candidates for the vacant position of FBI director, and there were some interesting names in the mix.

According to ABC News, the four top candidates are Andrew McCabe, the acting director of the FBI; Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a Republican; former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who was the Democrat vice presidential candidate in 2000; and Richard McFeely, a retired FBI official.

According to the Wall Street Journal, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the meetings took place in the White House Wednesday.

McCabe and Lieberman might be the two most interesting names in the mix. While McCabe is the current acting director, Trump was critical of the FBI official on the campaign trail for not recusing himself from the Hillary Clinton email investigation because McCabe’s wife, a Democrat candidate in Virginia, received $675,000 in campaign donations from Clinton functionary and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2015.

Lieberman, a moderate Democrat who often worked across the aisle with Republicans during the Iraq War, would be another interesting decision. Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate in the 2000 election, Lieberman served in the Senate from 1989 to 2013.

He spent his last term as a political independent after he lost the Democrat primary to a more liberal challenger in 2006.

While Lieberman may be seen as a Trump administration reach across the aisle to the Democrats, it’s worth noting Lieberman has a troubled relationship with the party, particularly because of his support for the Iraq War. It would be interesting to see just how much those wounds have healed in the intervening decade since the contentious 2006 primary.

In any case, considering Democrats have only continued their leftward drift since then, and even accelerated it, that seems unlikely.

Either way, it’s another interesting turn out of a story that’s had no shortage of them.

Text source: http://conservativetribune.com

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