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

20 May 2017

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.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".

Lieberman emerging as the front-runner was first reported by Politico.

Joe Lieberman may have a reputation that can help Donald Trump out of a jam - but he also may have a conflict of interest that gets in the way, namely his work for a Trump-connected law firm.

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Trump abruptly fired Comey this month saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that he was "very close" to announcing his pick.

Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement. He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. Trump left the meeting "leaning toward the former CT senator", according to the report. Joe Lieberman of CT is his top choice in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. Typically, FBI directors have some prior experience as prosecutors or criminal investigators. "It's special", Trump said later at a joint news conference with Santos. "I'm somebody who spent a lot of time in law enforcement; this is a moment where we need a law enforcement professional that's never campaigned for a presidential candidate, never campaigned for office, never worn a party label to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

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Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep.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

The idea of naming Lieberman to the post is being met with praise by Republicans.

Current senators who served with Lieberman will be loathe to push back hard against his appointment, because he was deservedly well liked and widely respected in that body. Lieberman spent most of his career as a Democrat, and there are some who thought that nominating Lieberman might win bipartisan support.

The Justice Department, in an attempt to quell the furor over Comey's ouster, this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the investigation. And then later in an interview, Trump himself acknowledged - said that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he made the decision. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

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The 75-year-old former congressman, who would be hired to serve a 10-year term, is well-liked among both Democrats and Republicans, according to Politico, although CNN notes that he is not particularly popular among Democratic voters, as he lost a Senate primary in 2006, the last time he ran as a liberal.

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