Former senator Joe Lieberman said to lead pack for new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that former Sen.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One that President Donald Trump would meet with Keating, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Connecticut Sen.

The controversy heated up this week with a revelation that Comey may have written a memo which says Trump asked the FBI director during an Oval Office meeting to drop an investigation of former National Security Agency head Michael Flynn.

Lieberman ran for vice president with Democrat Al Gore in 2000 and now works at the same law firm as Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, which Democrats could find problematic, as one Democratic aide told Politico. Sherrod Brown. Lieberman is now a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres Friedman LLP, which has represented Trump for years. The president departs Friday on his inaugural overseas trip, a four-country, five-stop journey tour of the Middle East and Europe that will keep him out of the country for more than a week.

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

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.

The Department of Justice has reportedly interviewed at least seven candidates. After losing the Senate primary in part because of Connecticut Democrats' betrayal and unwillingness to support a so-called moderate, Lieberman ran as an Independent and won by 10 percentage points.

On Thursday morning on the Senate floor, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued against a "career politician" of either party to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, though he did not name Lieberman. Lieberman appeared with DeVos at her Senate hearing, even introducing her with words of praise.

In 1998, Lieberman gave a scathing critique of President Bill Clinton over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky on the floor of the Senate.

He apparently "bonded" with Trump, Politico reported, citing "a person familiar" with the meeting. He did not seek re-election in 2012. And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was a top candidate, Trump said yes.

Lieberman served as Connecticut's USA senator for 24 years, retiring in 2013.

He has previously said that he would support an independent commission to investigate ties between Trump's administration and Russian Federation.

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