Former Senator Joe Lieberman Is Front Runner for Top FBI Job
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 14:18
On Thursday, Trump touted Lieberman, a longtime Democratic senator from CT and Al Gore's vice presidential nominee during the 2000 presidential election, as his top choice. Trump is interviewing candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey who was sacked last week. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices for the job.
Mr Lieberman was among four candidates Mr Trump interviewed at the White House on Wednesday. He briefly served in the agency in the 1970s, and was also in consideration for the director position in 2001, when then-director Louis Freeh resigned. Joe Lieberman his top pick.
Speaking to reporters today, Trump said the longtime Connecticut Senator is the "frontrunner" to replace James Comey, who was sacked last week by the President. Three other potential candidates Trump interviewed on Wednesday are former Oklahoma Gov.
McCabe became acting director following Comey's dismissal May 9.
"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.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote at the time, excerpts of which leaked to reporters on Tuesday. "We don't need anyone who's put on a red shirt or blue shirt - or who's campaigned for president".
After the contentious firing of Comey, the White House was searching for a replacement who would win bipartisan support in the Senate, which will vote to confirm the candidate.
Since retiring from the Senate in 2012, Lieberman has practiced criminal defense and investigative law at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, a law firm which has represented Trump several times in the past.
According to Politico, Trump wants to make an announcement before he leaves for his first foreign trip on Friday. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".
Liberman has many Republican fans who appreciate his strong support of former president George W. Bush's Iraq invasion as well as his 2008 endorsement of John McCain, the GOP's presidential nominee that year. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.
Keating, a Republican, was a two-term governor of Oklahoma and led the state during the deadly 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. "And I think there's a lot of people on both sides of the aisle that are looking for someone who doesn't come from the political realm".