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Trump Is 'Very Close' To Naming A New FBI Director

19 May 2017

"The FBI director should be drawn from the ranks of career law enforcement‎, prosecutors or the FBI itself ― not politicians", Durbin told HuffPost later. And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was his top pick, Trump said yes. Mr Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday afternoon that Trump was scheduled to meet with the four candidates.

"I cherish the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions. "Or who's campaigned for president".

Trump criticized Comey for a recent performance testifying to Congress and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding". 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.

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Lieberman got a vote of confidence from a former colleague and close friend, Sen.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1988.

Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Comey's abrupt firing came as a shock last week, with competing explanations from the White House and the president as to what spurred the dismissal.

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Republicans, by contrast, praised Lieberman. Sen. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

Lieberman served in the Senate from 1989 through 2013. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing. Joe Lieberman, who was a Democrat and even served as his party's vice presidential nominee in 2000. He also backed Republican Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham is the Democratic base's equivalent of a Tea Party candidate hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. 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. "I think he'd be a good choice".

The Trump White House is under pressure to find a candidate who is likely to win Senate approval quickly and without controversy, and time is short for him to do so before leaving on his nine-day foreign trip. He also reportedly worked with Trump on several other cases.

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Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.