Trump close to making Federal Bureau of Investigation choice, ex-Sen. Lieberman on list

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.

Senate Republicans praised Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, while Democrats were less effusive about their former colleague.

Lieberman's name emerged on Thursday as the frontrunner to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

The circumstances surrounding the firing have made the appointment closely watched, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment. The ousted director of the bureau was leading the investigation into whether Trump's campaign and his associates worked with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election. The former CT senator flashed a thumbs-up as he left the White House after the interview Wednesday, saying he and Trump had a "good meeting".

Special counsel appointed to run the Russian Federation investigation. Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, Politico reports. Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left and said he and the president had a "good meeting".

But Lieberman, 75, is not necessarily popular with Democrats. After Lieberman became an independent, he traveled the country to support his candidate in the 2008 presidential race: Not Democrat Barack Obama, but Republican John McCain. Lieberman is senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, which has represented Trump for years.

"In this hard moment in American history, when there is so much mistrust in government, the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director must be a person who commands bipartisan support". Frank Keating (R), former FBI official Richard McFeely and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.

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Lieberman represented CT in the Senate from 1989 to 2013, initially as a Democrat. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Lieberman ran as a vice president on Al Gore's 2000 ticket, and ran for president in 2004. Lieberman demurred when asked by MSNBC if he would accept the job should it be offered.

Connecticut's Democratic senators also have refrained from endorsing the candidate. Lieberman spent most of his career as a Democrat, and there are some who thought that nominating Lieberman might win bipartisan support.

Lieberman is a devout follower of Orthodox Judaism.

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