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Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman On Trump's Short List For FBI Director

Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman On Trump's Short List For FBI Director

Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify the question Trump was asked about Lieberman.

Trump has suggested he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president. Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. If his nomination is made official, Lieberman would have to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, then confirmed by the full Senate. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Lieberman "may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of". He also served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate, including three terms as majority leader.

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. Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump last week. King says, "I'm anxious with all special counsels because there's no control over them and they can abuse their power". There's no suggestion Lieberman is dishonest, and his background as Connecticut's attorney general certainly gives him some qualifications to lead America's top law-enforcement agency. "But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", said Sen.

Among their concerns was Lieberman's past praise of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials.

For years, Lieberman has crossed the political aisle to form alliances with Republicans. His seat was won by Sen.

Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chooses Connecticut Sen.

Now 75, Lieberman had been relatively low-key lately, spending about half of his time working for a New York City law firm that has represented Trump.

Lieberman endorsed Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election.

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.

On paper, Lieberman may seem like a confusing choice for the GOP president.

It is rare for an Federal Bureau of Investigation director to be appointed without the full backing of the Senate, Schatz noted. Kasowitz also demanded a "full and immediate retraction" after the Times published women's claims of sexual assault by Trump.

The ACLU said Thursday it has "serious concerns" about Lieberman, who has supported expansive surveillance power for the government.

Lieberman's front-running status, first reported by Politico, followed the former senator's Wednesday meeting with Trump.


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