Trump says Joe Lieberman one of his top picks for Federal Bureau of Investigation job
Lieberman, who President Donald Trump interviewed on Wednesday, was the vice presidential running mate when Democrat Al Gore ran for the White House in 2000.
On Wednesday, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said Lieberman is among candidates being interviewed for the position vacated after the firing of James Comey by President Trump.
Lieberman, a former independent senator from CT, ran on a ticket with Democrat Al Gore in 2000, but they were defeated by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
“I’m very close to choosing an Federal Bureau of Investigation director”, he said. Lieberman works at a law firm whose founder the Trump Organization has referred to as its go-to lawyer, Mark Kasowitz.
He failed to state that publicly as he vouched for a pair of top Trump nominees, speaking at confirmation hearings on behalf of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who was Trump’s longtime attorney and Lieberman’s co-worker.
That firing has sparked heated questions from members of Congress in both parties who have called for a closer look into why Comey was sacked and whether it was tied to the Russian Federation investigation.
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.
Other candidates considered included current acting Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. and FBI Agent Frank Keating, career FBI official Richard McFeely and Texas Sen.
Quoting “a senior administration official and two other sources”, CNN reported Lieberman selection was “highly likely” and “this is close to being a done deal”. The 75-year old Lieberman retired from the Senate in 2013. John Cornyn and New York Judge Michael Garcia, who both withdrew their names.
Lieberman was first elected to the Senate in 1988. McCain, often a vocal critic of the president, suggested he may not have helped Lieberman’s cause. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Lieberman was the first Democratic senator to criticize former President Bill Clinton publicly during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.