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Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

According to their reports, former US senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the "frontrunner" to become the new FBI Director. Trump left the meeting "leaning toward the former CT senator", according to the report.

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.

Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

President Trump admitted he thought his firing of FBI Director James Comey would be positively viewed by both sides. The White House has denied that Trump asked the former FBI director to conclude the Flynn investigation and has challenged reports that Trump revealed sensitive information to the two Russian diplomats. Lieberman reportedly met with the president and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday. "But now that you have a special counsel, the new FBI director doesn't have to worry about riding herd over an investigation of the man who appointed him".

But several Democratic senators said during a caucus lunch Thursday that they would not support Mr Lieberman, according to a person familiar with the meeting who declined to be identified because the lunch was private. Interestingly, Lieberman is not a Republican.

Like so many of Trump's picks, a Lieberman nomination would no doubt carry some controversy.




Lieberman was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party in 1980, when he lost his first congressional bid. Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman. During the 2016 election cycle, he joined with Gov. John Huntsman (R., Utah) to advocate for a "national moderate agenda". In 2008, Lieberman endorsed Republican Senator John McCain over Democratic Obama for president.

The former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, 75, is one of three finalists for the post, which traditionally has a 10-year term.

Lieberman, a Democrat who turned Independent until he quit the Senate in 2013, works for a law firm, one of whose partners - Marc Kasowitz - has represented Trump for years. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

When the Los Angeles Times editorialized the other day about replacing Comey, we suggested the next FBI director must be "a professional law enforcement official with an impeccable reputation, familiarity with federal law enforcement, no taint of partisanship and no political, personal or business connection to Trump".

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