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Trump nominates U.S. attorney with close ties to Matt Gaetz

WASHINGTON – President Trump has nominated a former law partner of Rep. Matt Gaetz to become U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The buzz is the nomination of Larry Keefe, subject to Senate confirmation, has stirred talk in the region, not only because of the connection to Gaetz, a leading Trump supporter on Capitol Hill, but because Keefe contributed to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"Larry Keefe is widely respected in the legal community in North Florida. He will do a great job for us," Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times in a text message. Asked about his influence on the president, he said, "I try to always help Trump."

Per a White House release, Keefe "has been a trial lawyer for nearly 32 years, during which he has tried criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts. He has led and managed a litigation-based law firm with offices throughout northwest Florida. He is currently a partner at the law firm Keefe Anchors & Gordon.

"Mr. Keefe has served on the board of trustees of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, on the editorial board of the Florida Bar Journal, on the executive council of the trial lawyers section of the Florida Bar and as Special Counsel to the Florida Senate Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability. He is the chairperson of the Military Academy Selection Board for the First Congressional District of Florida and a past president of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.  Mr. Keefe graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1983 and received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1986."

Gaetz worked at Keefe, Anchors & Gordon for about a decade. He was elected in 2016 in a district that overwhelmingly supported Trump.

FEC records show Keefe in December 2015 contributed $500 to Hillary Clinton's campaign. He's also given money to Gaetz.

Keefe lives in Shalimar.

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