Trump says Joe Lieberman is front-runner for Federal Bureau of Investigation chief
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 18:58
Trump met with four candidates for the top law enforcement post Wednesday afternoon and reportedly bonded with the former Democrat-turned-Independent senator.
US Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The choice of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director will be closely scrutinised with the administration thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against Trump, most damagingly that he may have obstructed justice by asking now sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey to drop a probe into one of his top advisors.
In an attempt to quell the furor over Comey's ouster, the Justice Department this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation.
Many senators have said they will not support the nomination of a former politician.
Many liberal activists were so incensed with Lieberman's departures from Democratic orthodoxies that they successfully defeated him in his 2006 party primary. He then endorsed McCain for president in 2008 and spoke at the Republican National Convention that year.
Lieberman was Connecticut's attorney general decades ago.
Mr. Keating said that some of Mr. Trump's ideas, like scrutinizing people who enter the country, were sound, but that he was unsure he could support the presumptive Republican nominee.
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.
Republicans, by contrast, praised Lieberman. Sen. He also publicly disagreed with Trump's so-called Muslim ban.
The FBI will provide the investigative muscle for the new special counsel named Wednesday to oversee the probe into Trump campaign figures' dealings with Russian Federation.
Gore eventually lost to President George W. Bush in a contest settled by the Supreme Court. He did not seek re-election in 2012.
Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration, including Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.