Alice Fisher of Latham & Watkins has withdrawn from the pool of contenders to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fisher is a former head of the criminal division at the Department of Justice during George W. Bush’s administration and a prominent white-collar lawyer and firm manager at Latham’s Washington, D.C., office.
She interviewed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for the top FBI job on Saturday, less than a week after President Donald Trump fired director James Comey.
A source close to Fisher provided this statement Wednesday afternoon:
“Alice is honored and humbled to have been considered. While she had productive discussions with those working on the nomination, she determined she would not proceed.
“She has tremendous respect for the Justice Department and deeply values the hard work the men and women at the bureau and throughout the department do every day to protect the American public. She will do all she can to help support the president’s nominee as they take on this incredibly important national security and public safety role.”
Michael Garcia, an appellate judge in New York state, also was among the first group of four candidates to be interviewed.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a new list of candidates who will meet with Trump. They are: acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman; and former FBI assistant director Richard McFeely.
Among them, both Keating and Lieberman work for corporate clients at large law firms.
Keating joined Holland & Knight as a partner last year, with an intention to split his time between Washington and Oklahoma. He previously led the American Bankers Association.
Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, is now a $1,250-an-hour senior counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres in New York. That firm’s founder, Marc Kasowitz, is a longtime personal attorney to Trump.
McFeely now works for accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young, according to his LinkedIn page.
Katelyn Polantz is based in Washington, D.C., and writes about government and the business of law. She can be reached at email@example.com. On Twitter: @kpolantz.