Joe Lieberman Is Top Pick for FBI Director


The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including former Connecticut Sen.

President Donald Trump's administration is considering appointing Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate, to fill former FBI Director James Comey's vacant position.

Asked how close he is to making an announcement, Trump said, "soon". Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The four potential choices Trump will talk to Thursday are McCabe, Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. McCabe became acting director after Trump fired James Comey as director last week.

The Senate must confirm Mr Trump's candidate for the job.

The Pennsylvania senator, who faced criticism earlier this year for never having held an in-person town hall meeting in Philadelphia, said the timing of Trump's decision to fire Comey was "unfortunate".

The memo only added to the furor surrounding Trump's sudden and controversial firing of Comey last week, which came amid the FBI's intensifying probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and Trump campaign associates' potential collusion with Moscow officials.

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Of Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, Lieberman said he didn't believe Trump could get Mexico to pay for it "voluntarily under any means that I can see".

Lieberman backed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a longtime friend, in the race for president in 2008. He later registered as an Independent, but he continued to serve with the Democratic caucus in the Senate.

Lieberman isn't a Trump intimate and the two men also seem to have policy differences; for example, Lieberman supported the Iraq war and Trump claims to have opposed it. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Mr. Keating said that some of Mr. Trump's ideas, like scrutinizing people who enter the country, were sound, but that he was unsure he could support the presumptive Republican nominee. As soon as he made the announcement, however, Democrats fumed, accusing him of simply trying to suppress Comey's Russian Federation investigation.

Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration.

Spicer spoke aboard Air Force One following Trump's remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT.