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White House says Trump will hold off on naming FBI director

22 May 2017

Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman. John McCain for president over Barack Obama.

Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, educated at Yale and Yale Law school, and served in the Connecticut state senate and as attorney general of the state before being elected as the state's Senator in Washington.

The president also replied "he is" when asked whether Mr Lieberman is a top candidate for the position.

"Lieberman would be a great choice". "I think he'd be a good choice". He's a pillar of virtue. We would also like the mantle to go to someone with a deep history in law enforcement. And it is Republican senators, and possibly a smattering of Democrats, who would most likely vote to confirm him.

"I think it'd be a big mistake to nominate Joe Lieberman", Booker told reporters outside Newark International Liberty Airport after a rally for workers.

How will the president and the most senior law enforcement officials in the United States select and ultimately manage a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director while the FBI investigates the Trump campaign? The president's own comments linking his dissatisfaction with Mr. Comey to the zealous pursuit of the Russian Federation probe have only heightened Democrats' concern about the selection.

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Lieberman still considered himself a Democrat, but was forsaken by his party.

The original excuse was that Lieberman hadn't gotten on board with the anti-war express train.

When asked about possibility of him announcning his nominee by Friday, Trump said, "Even that is possible". In a peculiar twist, that election ended in a manner similar to Trump's, with the Gore/Lieberman Democratic ticket winning the popular vote by more than half a million votes but losing the electoral college. On his official bio, it says, "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman applies the investigative skills he honed as United States Senator and Attorney General of the State of CT to represent clients in independent and internal investigations and advise them on a wide range of public policy, strategic and regulatory issues".

But several Democratic senators said during a caucus lunch Thursday that they would not support Mr Lieberman, according to a person familiar with the meeting who declined to be identified because the lunch was private.

In recent decades, FBI Directors have been recruited from the legal profession, as opposed to the political arena.

"That raised the abuse-of-power issue and not simply the independence issue", Mr. Theoharis said.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who like Lieberman is from Stamford, also demurred on potential nomination.

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

Gore eventually lost to President George W. Bush in a contest settled by the Supreme Court.

He'd previously said he might announce his nominee before he left.

While nominees are generally vetted and agreed upon by the president and the attorney general and undergo a thorough background check, lawmakers will be looking to ensure any nominee has sufficient independence from the president given the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

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White House says Trump will hold off on naming FBI director