Trump Says He's 'Very Close' to Naming a New FBI Director

He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.

President Donald Trump gestures as he gives the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Joe Lieberman is among his top candidates.

Asked whether the 75-year-old was a frontrunner, Trump responded "yes" - confirming Lieberman's surprise candidacy. The former CT senator- who identified as a Democrat before losing a primary in 2006 over his support for the Iraq War- said he was "surprised" when he was approached to discuss the job by the Trump administration.

Other candidates included acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov.

Today marked the first time since the appointment of a special counsel that Trump publicly addressed Comey's firing and the subsequent news of a memo written by the ex-FBI director.

Trump has suggested he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president. Kasowitz has a relationship with Trump dating back at least to 2006, when Trump had him sue an author who wrote the mogul was worth less than $1 billion. He also was the US attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and served in a law enforcement position in Washington during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan. This hasn't disqualified him, but it remains a barrier Lieberman has to surmount - if he can or if he wants to. The others were former Connecticut Sen. This type of vigilance against illegal press leaks may be welcome news for President Trump, whose administration has been dogged by damaging internal leaks. In January, he was the target of liberal scorn when he testified in favor of Trump's choice for Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, in her Senate confirmation hearings.

Some Republican senators called the idea of Lieberman replacing Comey "intriguing", but Sen.

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. "He's been a pain in the butt to both Republicans and Democrats during his time both in and out of the Senate", Murphy said. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012.

Keating, 73, served as Oklahoma governor from 1995 to 2003, and oversaw the state's response to the Oklahoma City federal-building bombing in 1995. Keating earned a law degree from OU, and has also worked under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Cornyn; 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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