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Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

The controversy heated up this week with a revelation that Comey may have written a memo which says Trump asked the FBI director during an Oval Office meeting to drop an investigation of former National Security Agency head Michael Flynn.

Some allies of the president have said he could announce his pick before leaving Friday for a nine-day foreign trip - his first overseas tour as president. Especially since Trump has already settled on a rather "unorthodox" choice for the position, according to a new report by Politico.

The Senate must confirm Mr Trump's candidate for the job. John Cornyn (R-Texas) speculated that Lieberman could get 100 confirmation votes, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, predicted the former CT senator would receive all 100 Senate votes.

"Frequently, Mr. Trump's tone is hysterical, and there is simply no reason for that", Mr. Keating said. In 2008, Lieberman endorsed Republican Senator John McCain over Democratic Obama for president.

He said it "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing".

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was blunter. "He has great respect and affection from both sides of the aisle". Joe Lieberman is 75 years old.

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.

Lieberman's law enforcement experience stems from his two-term tenure as Connecticut's attorney general, spanning from 1983 until his resignation in 1989 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. His seat was won by Sen.

Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure.

His friends say he took a hard right turn after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and his support of Republican George W. Bush's entrance into the Iraq War led to a challenge from Greenwich anti-war activist Ned Lamont in the 2006 U.S. Senate primary. A person familiar with the meeting told Politico that Trump "bonded with Lieberman".

But he told NBC Connecticut that Trump's victory is a result of people's dissatisfaction with Washington. The firm represented Trump in his lawsuit against journalist Tim O'Brien, for example, who claimed in his book "Trump Nation" that the real estate developer's net worth was at most $250 million, not the billions he claimed. Lieberman appeared with DeVos at her Senate hearing, even introducing her with words of praise. Somewhere along the way, though, Lieberman seems to have lost the favor of his fellow Senate Democrats, as Politico reported Thursday that many of his former colleagues reject the notion that he could lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Frank Keating, FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official.


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