One week after his surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey left Washington reeling, President Donald Trump has announced his candidates for Mr Comey's job.
Among the candidates, Trump will meet with 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate-turned-independent Joe Lieberman, a former senator who supported Republican Sen.
Lieberman almost became the nation's first Jewish vice president, as he and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore lost the contested 2000 election to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
In addition to Lieberman, Trump is also interviewing for the vacant post acting director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. As FBI alumni, Mr McCabe and Mr McFeely would fit the bill, but Mr Lieberman and Mr Keating would not. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.More news: New French prime minister took job because of 'unique' situation
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The meetings come a day after news broke that Trump allegedly asked Comey in February to drop the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004, and became an independent in 2006. "That includes Sen. Lieberman".
Lieberman was Connecticut's attorney general decades ago.
"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Senate Minority Leader Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union". He was the northeastern state's attorney general from 1983-88, and also served 10 years in the CT state senate. He was the lead case agent on the Oklahoma City federal building bombing in 1995, when Keating was governor, and he was the FBI's on-scene commander after the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. At a recent congressional hearing, he contradicted the White House on a number of critical tops and asserted that he considered the probe of possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump team during the 2016 election campaign a "highly significant investigation".
Efforts to reach each of the candidates was not immediately successful.