Donald Trump Considering Joe Lieberman To Lead FBI


He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. He said an announcement could come "soon" and that former Sen.

Those set to meet with the president are: acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; former Oklahoma Gov. During the 2016 presidential election, he endorsed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In addition to Lieberman, the president will meet with former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, who worked previously as a US attorney and as the No. 3 official in the Justice Department; Richard McFeely, a former FBI official who spent more than two decades in the bureau; and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who has taken over for Comey in the short term.

He introduced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, at her confirmation hearing in January before a Senate panel, lavishing praise on the controversial nominee. John Cornyn, R-Texas, have said they are not interested in the job.

The meetings came more than a week after Trump fired James Comey from his post as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "Everybody likes and respects Joe Lieberman". Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left and said he and the president had a "good meeting".

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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 talks with Russian officials.

The scene was reminiscent of Trump's very public search for a vice president and his transition period, when potential Cabinet picks were paraded through the lobby of Trump Tower in NY.

He was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, but lost his primary in 2006 and returned to the Senate as an independent.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen. He did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. Tells @JoeNBC&@JesseRodriguez "it was unexpected".

Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration, including Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.