Trump denies telling Comey to back off, bashes former Federal Bureau of Investigation director

The president later confirmed that Lieberman has emerged as his pick to replace Comey, telling reporters in the Oval Office, "he is".

Trump also criticized Comey for his performance during a recent appearance before Congress, and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding". Trump said he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

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, who graduated from Yale Law School, joined a NY law firm after leaving the Senate.

The former Democratic vice presidential nominee now works at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres in NY - the same firm as Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz.

Other candidates included acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov.

Lieberman, the left-leaning Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 2000 who later was re-elected to the Senate as an independent, met with Trump on Wednesday at the White House. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012.

"This is a moment where we need a law enforcement professional that's never campaigned for a presidential candidate, never campaigned for office, never worn a party label to head the FBI", McCaskill said.

"Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Democrat colleagues combined, so screw them", McCain said of Democrats' concerns.

Third, Lieberman is, sorry to say, too old.

During the transition, Lieberman visited at least twice with the president at Trump Tower in New York City.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina; Cornyn; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former us attorney from Manhattan.

The Trump administration asserted that the United States president and "the rest of the FBI" had lost confidence in Comey over the last few months and in the past year with his poor handling of the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private server and email scandal.

Those include Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, whom GOP leaders floated as a possible candidate, despite having blocked his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Keating, who served as the Republican governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003, is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was an associate attorney general, the third-ranking official within the Justice Department, during the Reagan administration. "I think he'd be a good choice".

Joe Lieberman is also raising eyebrows as a proponent of criminal investigations of media outlets that publish classified information stemming from illegal hacking.

  • Leroy Wright