Trump considering four names — including a former Democratic senator — for FBI director
19 May, 2017, 19:49
Joe Lieberman of CT is his top choice in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017 in Washington.
Former Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the frontrunner to lead the FBI, Politico and CNN reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources, following the firing of James Comey.
Trump and Sessions also interviewed former Oklahoma Gov.
Lieberman may be best remembered as former Vice President Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential election and his time as a senator from CT.
Trump has been interviewing candidates would act quickly to appoint a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director following his controversial dismissal last week of James Comey - a move that was still reverberating around Washington.
Sen. John McCain Thursday called on President Donald Trump to pick former Sen. Trump appears to be betting that senators will be uncomfortable grilling their former colleague too hard about his qualifications for the job.
Lieberman's closest law enforcement experience is serving as his state's attorney general, an elected position.
President Trump and his inner circle don't know how to judge Lieberman's past as a Democrat and independent. Trump fired Comey last week.
Considered a moderate with ties to members of both parties in Congress, Lieberman was state attorney general from 1983 till 1989 in CT before being elected to the US Senate from 1989-2013. He also disputed the administration's characterization of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates.
The former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, 75, is one of three finalists for the post, which traditionally has a 10-year term. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly". John Cornyn (R-Texas) speculated that Lieberman could get 100 confirmation votes, and Sen.
Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore.
Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved, allowing the White House to refocus and move ahead.
Special counsel appointed to run the Russian Federation investigation.