Dems rule out Lieberman, Keating as Federal Bureau of Investigation picks; former colleague not acceptable

Posted May 19, 2017

Asked how close he is to making an announcement, Trump said, "soon".

The president also told the group that he was close to a decision, an assertion he repeated later at a joint appearance with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. Trump has not signaled that anyone else has replaced Lieberman as his top preference since then. Trump responded, "He is".

The president said former Democratic Sen. The former presidential candidate met with Trump Wednesday and the Associated Press reported that he said it was a "good meeting".

McCabe is the current acting FBI director and came to the defense of ousted FBI director James Comey by disagreeing with the White House's claim the latter had lost the support of the bureau. In January, he was the target of liberal scorn when he testified in favor of Trump's choice for Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, in her Senate confirmation hearings. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions.

Even though his brother, Tulsa businessman Dan Keating, was an Oklahoma co-chairman of the Trump for President campaign, Frank Keating railed against Trump in an April 2016 editorial in the Tulsa World.

Trump also criticized Comey for his performance during a recent appearance before Congress, and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding". Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told A.P. that he thinks Lieberman might be the only selection "that could get 100 votes that I know of". He backed Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008, angering many of his former Democratic colleagues by endorsing him at the Republican National Convention. John McCain and Lindsey Graham is the Democratic base's equivalent of a Tea Party candidate hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.

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.

Keating had been considered for the nation's top-cop job during the George W. Bush administration.

Lieberman, a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, began his political life as Democrat, and served both in the CT state senate and as the state's attorney general before turning his attention to higher political office.