Frank Keating to be interviewed for FBI director post
Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is among four candidates to be interviewed for the director post at the FBI, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during a Wednesday press briefing.
FBI director update: 4 interviewing TODAY: Joe Lieberman, Frank Keating, Richard McFeely, Andrew McCabe, Sean Spicer said.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 17, 2017
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Keating, a former FBI agent, served as governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. He came to national attention just months into his first term, during the state's response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. In the aftermath of the attack, Keating raised more than $6 million to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children left with only one or no parents.
After leaving office, Keating was hired as chief executive officer of the American Council of Life Insurers and then served five years as president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. He is now a senior partner in the international law firm of Holland & Knight. Earlier this year, Gov. Mary Fallin named Keating to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Keating, a Republican, was a vocal Trump critic. In an op-ed published in April 2016 in the Tulsa World, Keating warned that Trump's rhetoric could have dangerous consequences.
"This is the rhetoric of a caudillo," Keating wrote. "This is not the rhetoric deserved by a free people. In a country without social classes. In a country rooted in faith, family and freedom, there cannot be them and us. We cannot be held apart by demagoguery and anger. E Pluribus Unum ends in ONE."
The FBI director post was left open earlier this month when President Donald Trump abruptly fired former Director James Comey. Earlier this week, multiple media outlets, including the Associated Press, reported that Trump had asked Comey to end the bureau's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's possible ties to the Turkish and Russian governments.