Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Joe Lieberman is top contender for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director


President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he was "very close" to choosing a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and when asked whether Lieberman was a candidate, the President responded: "He is". On Wednesday, Trump met with Lieberman, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former top FBI official Richard McFeely. The outlet reports that former Senator Joe Lieberman is his top pick and overall "frontrunner" for the position. Despite being labeled a moderate squish by other Democrats, when Lieberman ran for president 2004 and dropped out, he later endorsed liberal alternative Howard Dean over John Kerry.

He was Connecticut's attorney general for six years before he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988 and served four terms.

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Comey's abrupt firing came as a shock last week, with competing explanations from the White House and the president as to what spurred the dismissal. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions.

The Senate must confirm Trump's candidate for the job.

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Since leaving the Senate, Lieberman has been a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and serves on a number of boards.

Trump said Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly".

Opposition Democrats immediately accused Trump of seeking to impede the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which extended to activities of White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was sacked in February for making misleading statements about his Russian contacts.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department appointed an independent special counsel to take over the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential race.

"If they wanted me, I certainly would be honoured, but I really don't think that's going to happen", Mr Keating, 73, told the newspaper after his interview. John McCain's presidential bid in 2008 over Barack Obama.

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"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

Lieberman has run for a number of political jobs, including, unsuccessfully, president of the United States.

President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen.

Also, some Democrats are skeptical about Lieberman's independence from Trump given that the two are now in an attorney-client relationship.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.

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