Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

FBI director candidates paraded past reporters

FBI director candidates paraded past reporters

Throughout a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump repeated multiple times his claim that there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation during the campaign.

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is reportedly President Donald Trump's leading choice for Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to news reports Thursday. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey", Trump said.

"He will meet with four more: Andrew McCabe, Frank Keating, Richard McFeely and Joe Lieberman". McCabe was tapped to become acting director after Trump dismissed Comey on May 9.

There was confusion during the day surrounding Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser who has emerged as a central figure because of his own ties to Russian Federation, which led to his dismissal early on in President Trump's administration.

Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Lieberman served as Connecticut's attorney general for six years.

"Lieberman simply doesn't have the managerial or investigative background to be in the small class of people qualified to hold the position", Benjamin Wittes, the co-founder of the Lawfare, wrote on Twitter.

"I hope I don't nix his chances here, but I hope that the president would select Joe", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about his good friend Lieberman, 75, who served as the independent senator from CT from 1989 through 2013.

He apparently "bonded" with Trump, Politico reported, citing "a person familiar" with the meeting.

Republicans, by contrast, praised Lieberman. Sen.

Trump is interviewing candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey who was sacked last week.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017 in Washington. In January, he was the target of liberal scorn when he testified in favor of Trump's choice for Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, in her Senate confirmation hearings. He lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won re-election as a third party candidate. In a scorecard of the event, TIME in 2008 said Lieberman delivered an "odd, disjointed speech from a man with perhaps too many parties to make a coherent argument", but noted the huge round of applause he got for urging "country over party".

But Lieberman, 75, is not necessarily popular with Democrats. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Keating earned a law degree from OU, and has also worked under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. John Cornyn of Texas, 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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