Lieberman Frontrunner For FBI Job

The President interviewed four candidates on Wednesday at the White House.

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. He added that former senator Joe Lieberman was among his top candidates.

But he also said there had been "no effort to impede our investigation to date" - which would seem to be good news for a White House that now faces suggestions that the president might have attempted to obstruct justice.

On May 9, Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump has said he could name a director before he leaves the country Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

Gore and Lieberman narrowly lost the disputed 2000 election to Republican George W Bush, and the CT senator mounted his own unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2004. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, who holds Lieberman's old Senate seat, who said on "Morning Joe" that he respects Lieberman but many people want someone for FBI Director who doesn't come from a political background.

"The nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director ought to be someone with a background, expertise, and experience in criminal justice - preferably a prosecutor - and ought to have no political connections or ties", Blumenthal said.

Lieberman threw himself into the presidential arena twice during his time in politics.

"There is no reason to appoint a politician to run the FBI", Schatz said.

The Senate must confirm whomever Trump nominates for the job. But after losing the Democratic Senate primary in 2006, he ran and won reelection as an independent and he endorsed Republican John McCain for president in the 2008 election.

Gore eventually lost to President George W. Bush in a contest settled by the Supreme Court.

"If they wanted me, I certainly would be honored, but I really don't think that's going to happen", Keating, 73, told The Oklahoman after his interview at the White House. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

  • Larry Hoffman