President Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 21:57
Trump, speaking to a group of television anchors at the White House Thursday, said that Lieberman, the former senator from CT and Democratic vice presidential nominee, is his leading candidate to run the agency.
Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the White House and said he and the president had a "good meeting".
Mr. Trump and Sessions also met with three other candidates on Wednesday - former Republican Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI official Richard McFeely.
"But "Trump bonded with Lieberman" at their meeting on Wednesday, according to Politico, and though personal rapport between the president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director has not traditionally been considered necessary or even desirable, Trump enjoys breaking with tradition".
CORNISH: Now, to go back to the initial firing, the White House had said that President Trump fired Comey because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.
House members and senators said Rosenstein in his briefings steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of Mueller but made clear the former FBI director, will have wide latitude to pursue the investigation, potentially including criminal charges. The firm has represented Trump for years, which could be a sticking point for both Democrats and Republicans if Lieberman were nominated.
Other Democrats during the committee meeting applauded the selection of Robert S. Mueller III as the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, but they said it doesn't mean they're dropping their own inquiry. "Unfortunately, Joe Lieberman does not fit that description".
The Trump White House is under pressure to find a candidate who is likely to win Senate approval quickly and without controversy, and time is short for him to do so before leaving on his nine-day foreign trip. Senate Republicans lauded Lieberman's possible candidacy, but that support did not extend across the aisle.
Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Now, NPR has not independently confirmed this account, but the president reportedly went on to say, I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). On Wednesday, it was reported that Trump was considering four candidates for the job.