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Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Former Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the frontrunner to lead the FBI, Politico and CNN reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources, following the firing of James Comey.

Lieberman was among four candidates Trump interviewed at the White House this week.

Like so many of Trump's picks, a Lieberman nomination would no doubt carry some controversy. "It's special", Trump said later Thursday at a joint news conference with Santos. Lieberman would replace James Comey, who was sacked last week.

The firing drew instant criticism from both sides of the aisle, as Comey was overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election and any possible links between the Trump camp and Russian Federation during the campaign. "Unfortunately, Joe Lieberman does not fit that description".

HollywoodLifers, do you think Lieberman will be a good choice? He did not seek re-election in 2012.

"I'm not ruling anybody out, and I'm not ruling anybody in", Blumenthal said.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. They remember how Lieberman veered right later in his career after losing in a Democratic primary race and running (and winning) as an independent.

McCabe became acting director following Comey's dismissal on May 9.




Lieberman ran as a vice president on Al Gore's 2000 ticket, and ran for president in 2004.

Lieberman emerged a day earlier as the apparent front-runner, though, a development that received a largely positive response from Republicans. All Democratic senators Politico interviewed said the former CT senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post.

Trump has used the law firm many times in the past-including a legal battle with an author who claimed Trump was not a billionaire, according to the Washington Post.

NBC News' Hans Nichols reports there will be no new FBI Director named today.

McCabe, an Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran, made headlines for congressional testimony last week that rejected White House claims that Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file agents.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep.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

At the time of his removal, Comey was overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S.election and possible collusion between the Trump camp and Russian Federation during the campaign.

The 55-year-old Garcia, a registered Republican, served as Manhattan U.S. attorney from 2005 to 2008.


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