Joe Lieberman under serious consideration for Federal Bureau of Investigation director
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 19:03
Trump has said he could name a new director before he leaves the country Friday for the Middle East, on his first overseas trip as president. Somewhere along the way, though, Lieberman seems to have lost the favor of his fellow Senate Democrats, as Politico reported Thursday that many of his former colleagues reject the notion that he could lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The attorney in question is former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman. Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the White House and said he and the president had a "good meeting". "President Trump is keeping his promise", Lieberman, the former chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Business Insider in an interview.
The position opened up after Trump last week fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. The former CT senator flashed a thumbs-up as he left the White House after the interview Wednesday, saying he and Trump had a "good meeting".
The Department of Justice has since appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head the Russian Federation investigation. Lieberman was the first Democratic senator to criticize former President Bill Clinton publicly during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
On the other hand, if you're looking for incompetence, bias, and general inability to slot crime A onto suspect B, Lieberman is a top notch candidate.
Lieberman is not named as an attorney on any of the Trump-related cases that Kasowitz has taken on, and as senior counsel at the firm has mostly seemed to serve a marketing role, hosting a "conversation and cocktails" evening, and speaking at public events.
Lieberman served four six-year Senate terms while living in New Haven's Westville neighborhood, three as a Democrat, then a final term as an independent after he lost the 2006 Democratic primary. On Wednesday, it was reported that Trump was considering four candidates for the job.
More recently, Lieberman supported Trump's controversial pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. And seeing as how the president - who is not happy with Mueller's new gig - must choose Comey's replacement rather quickly, they're about to get a lot more.
Lieberman is perhaps most famous for joining the ticket with Gore in his unsuccessful run for president in the 2000 election.