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Joe Lieberman is front-runner to be next Federal Bureau of Investigation director

19 May 2017

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is "very close" to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace the one he fired more than a week ago.

More recently, Lieberman supported Trump's controversial pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. McCabe was tapped to become acting director after Trump dismissed Comey on May 9.

The circumstances surrounding the firing have made the appointment closely watched, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment. "But now that you have a special counsel, the new FBI director doesn't have to worry about riding herd over an investigation of the man who appointed him".

Lieberman, originally a Democrat and later an independent, was not always Trump's top pick, either.

"It's a mistake to nominate anyone who's ever run for office", Missouri Sen.

"He's the reason we lost Medicare at 55", Brown told Politico.

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Lieberman told Fox Business Network past year that he "never changed parties" and in fact ended up endorsing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign against Trump. He also backed Republican Sen.

Lieberman lobbied from retirement to undermine former President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and is known for his close alliance with members of the Republican caucus like Sens.

Sherrod Brown. Lieberman is now a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres Friedman LLP, which has represented Trump for years. He has no federal law enforcement experience and, while now at a high-profile law firm, is most associated as a centrist Democrat.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that former Sen. John Cornyn and New York Judge Michael Garcia, who both withdrew their names.

Lieberman's closest law enforcement experience is serving as his state's attorney general, an elected position.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

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Lieberman served as Connecticut's attorney general from 1983 to 1989 before being elected to represent CT in the Senate from 1989 to 2013. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Among their concerns was Mr Lieberman's past praise of Mr Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials. "It was no longer the party it was when I joined it in the image of President Kennedy".

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.

When Santos was asked if he had any suggestions for Trump on how to weather bad press, he demurred.

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