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

President Donald Trump's administration is considering appointing Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate, to fill former FBI Director James Comey's vacant position.

During the transition, Lieberman visited at least twice with the president at Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump told television anchors at a lunch Thursday that he was close to making his decision. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey", Trump said.

President Donald Trump answered in the affirmative when asked Thursday if Lieberman was under consideration.

The meetings come more than a week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. I cherish the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "We don't need anyone who's put on a red shirt, or a blue shirt - or who's campaigned for president".

Like so many of Trump's picks, a Lieberman nomination would no doubt carry some controversy. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican in the Senate, said Mr Lieberman "may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of".

Considered a moderate with ties to members of both parties in Congress, Lieberman was state attorney general from 1983 till 1989 in CT before being elected to the US Senate from 1989-2013.

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 Connecticut Democrat-turned-Independent would immediately test just how much Senate Democrats are willing to politicize every single one of Trump's appointments. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian interference into the election.

The attempts to smear Lieberman once again only further reveal that the Democrats' concerns about Trump's connections to Russian Federation are nothing more than political plays to block the GOP legislative agenda. Mr Lieberman testified in support of Mr Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.

Lieberman may be best remembered as former Vice President Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential election and his time as a senator from CT.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney has known Lieberman for the past 42 years as fellow New Haven Democrats and former state Senate majority leaders.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen. He has spent part of his time as the co-chairman of a group called No Labels that seeks solutions by both political parties.

Keating told his hometown newspaper after the interview that he doesn't expect to be chosen. In congressional testimony last week, he notably said that he has seen "no effort to impede our investigation to date". Kasowitz also demanded a "full and immediate retraction" after the Times published women's claims of sexual assault by Trump.

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