Trump says he's 'very close' to naming an FBI director
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 13:26
Several senior White House officials told reporters at both Politico and CNN that Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who now identifies as an Independent, was the frontrunner for the job. On Wednesday, it was reported that Trump was considering four candidates for the job.
As of now, he serves as a special council at the Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP law firm - a company founded by Marc Kasowitz, who happens to be Trump's lawyer on several lawsuits. Lieberman would replace James Comey, who was sacked last week. The firing - which occurred as Comey was investigating ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation - set off a wave of controversy that grew larger this week when Comey said Trump asked him to stop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
That's actually former Democrat forced to turn independent to keep his Senate seat after Connecticut Democrats grew unhappy with the pro-Iraq War war hawk Joe Lieberman. Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman.
Though Lieberman is considered by some as a good bipartisan choice, his history has Senator Sanders concerned. He did not seek re-election in 2012.
Lieberman's views are too "extreme", according to Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist.
When he was in Congress, Lieberman joined forces with Sens.
Not always embraced by liberals, Lieberman later switched from Democrat to Independent, although he caucused with Senate Democrats.
Republicans, by contrast, praised Lieberman. Sen.
"He or she can not be perceived as a political appointee or someone representing the interests of the Trump administration", Sanders said in a statement.
McCabe became acting director following Comey's dismissal on May 9. "President Trump is keeping his promise", Lieberman, the former chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Business Insider in an interview. He made headlines in 2000 as Vice President Al Gore's running mate in a contest that made him the first national Jewish candidate. He also disputed the administration's characterisation of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates.
Comey had come under fire for his handling of the investigation into Clintons private email server.
Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Cornyn; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan. John Cornyn and New York Judge Michael Garcia, who both withdrew their names.