Trump Says Joe Lieberman Leading Candidate for FBI Director

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Speaking to reporters while meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump said he is "very close" to choosing a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace James Comey.

Earlier in the day, Trump said that Lieberman was near the top of the list of candidates for the post.

One of the sources said President Donald Trump found the Democrat-turned-independent "agreeable" after meeting with him.

Lieberman's front-running status, first reported by Politico, followed the former senator's Wednesday meeting with Trump.

Trump has stressed his desire to quickly name a replacement for James Comey, whom he abruptly fired as the agency's head last week.

"As the political system has failed to deliver for people, and people in our country have become more and more angry at Washington, it was just inevitable that somebody who was an outsider would come along", Lieberman said. Lieberman served as CT state attorney general for six years, ending in 1989, but otherwise has held political office. A late and somewhat unlikely addition to Trump's short list, Lieberman is nonetheless the sudden frontrunner.

Ethics aside, Pattis predicted that Lieberman will not be picked, for political reasons - "given the superheated political climate", in which Trump may want to take care to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. He also publicly disagreed with Trump's so-called Muslim ban.

The 75-year-old former congressman, who would be hired to serve a 10-year term, is well-liked among both Democrats and Republicans, according to Politico, although CNN notes that he is not particularly popular among Democratic voters, as he lost a Senate primary in 2006, the last time he ran as a liberal.

Trump confirmed that former Sen.

But the idea of having Lieberman replace Comey did not engender much enthusiasm among Senate Democrats.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. He did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Keating served as governor of Oklahoma from 1995-2003 and was appointed to the OU Board of Regents in March.

Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration.

Gore/Lieberman ended up losing the 2000 presidential election to then-presidential candidate George W. Bush and candidate for vice president, Dick Cheney. John Cornyn, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.

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