November 24, 2017
    Former assn exec Keating doesn't expect to get FBI director nod

    CNN reports White House renews search


    The White House is renewing its search for a new FBI director, according to CNN, after interviewing four candidates last week, including former politician, FBI agent and association executive Frank Keating.

    After the interviews, Keating said he was not expecting to be named the successor to James Comey, whom President Trump fired previously.

    But Trump said he was close to selecting a new director following the interviews a week ago. After the interviews, Trump left on a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe. Trump now wants to interview additional candidates, according to CNN’s unnamed source.

    Among those interviewed were former American Bankers Association CEO Keating, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a senior counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, which has represented Trump; acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former senior FBI official Richard McFeely. Trump has tapped one of the Lieberman's firm's partners, Marc Kasowitz, to be his private attorney while a special counsel investigates whether his presidential campaign worked with Russia to defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    After earning a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969, Keating became an FBI agent for a few years. He was elected a state legislator and then became a U.S. attorney. He was a No. 3 at the U.S. Justice Department. He later became the No. 2 at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    He was elected governor in 1994 and served for eight years. He became CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers for eight years before becoming CEO of the American Bankers Association in 2010.

    Trump fired Comey on May 9. Comey was leading an FBI probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump and Russia deny there was collusion.

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