Richard McFeely Withdraws From Consideration For FBI Director
Former FBI official Richard McFeely has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration to replace James Comey.
According to a report by a Washington ABC affiliate, McFeely withdrew his name from President Trump’s FBI director shortlist. This leaves only three potential candidates include former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), former Republican Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe.
The president pledged that he would move quickly to name a new FBI director after his shocking firing of James Comey. At the time, Trump had suggested he would name a new bureau chief before leaving for his first foreign trip. That however did not come to pass.
Three other potential candidates have also removed themselves from consideration. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in a statement that the upper chamber is his top priority. Rep. Trey Gowdy(R-S.C.) said Monday that he is “not the right person” to replace Comey. Also, Former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher.
Despite this, reports say that former Sen. Joe Lieberman is the President’s favorite choice and the most likely candidate. However, news of this has not been well received by Democrats and even some Republicans.