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

Trump Says Joe Lieberman Leading Candidate for FBI Director

Trump Says Joe Lieberman Leading Candidate for FBI Director

Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip. He has said he could name a director before he departs.

Lieberman, one of four people to meet with Trump to discuss the open Federal Bureau of Investigation position on Wednesday, introduced Trump's pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, during her Senate confirmation hearing in January. Lieberman reportedly interviewed with Trump on Wednesday, but he wasn't the only one.

The president is said to have also met with three other top candidates in former Oklahoma Gov.

Trump came under criticism for firing Comey as he was supervising the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election and any possible links between the Trump and Russian Federation during the campaign. But the Texas senator withdrew from consideration after a number of his colleagues said they believed Trump should shy away from picking a GOP politician.

Trump said Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly". Lieberman was a Democrat before changing party affiliations to Independent. At a Democratic Senator lunch on Thursday, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and others criticized the pick.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1988.

Last week, the president justified his May 9 firing of FBI director James Comey based on a Justice Department memo accusing Comey of mishandling the 2015-16 investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's use of private email. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and the election.

A November 25 news release from Trump's transition team quoted Lieberman praising Trump's selection of K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

He served as Connecticut's US senator for 24 years, retiring in 2013. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing. The 75-year-old was Connecticut's attorney general in the 1980s, and presidential nominee Al Gore's running mate in the hotly contested 2000 election. Lieberman lost the primary as liberal Democrats flocked to Lamont, but Lieberman won the general election with the support of Republicans.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen. He has spent part of his time as the co-chairman of a group called No Labels that seeks solutions by both political parties.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.

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