Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming an Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Lieberman was among four candidates Trump interviewed at the White House on Wednesday.

The president also told the group that he was close to a decision, an assertion he repeated later at a joint appearance with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

When asked if Lieberman was his top pick, the president said "yes".

Now 75, Lieberman had been relatively low-key lately, spending about half of his time working for a New York City law firm that has represented Trump. The position is open after the chief executive abruptly fired the previous FBI director, James Comey, allegedly out of frustration with the agency's ongoing investigation of Trump officials' ties to the Russian Federation.

His onetime colleagues turned against him after he opposed to some of former president Barack Obama's agenda relating to foreign policy and national security issues such as his nuclear deal with Iran, in his late Senate career.

Not quite everybody. While Trump tweeted and voiced his indignation at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed an independent special counsel to lead a heightened federal Trump-Russia investigation the day before, briefed the entire Senate behind closed doors at the Capitol.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1988.

Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Mr Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate. Lieberman reportedly met with the president and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, said Lieberman lacks law enforcement experience and is too close to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former USA senator.

On Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), a leading candidate to fill the post, withdrew from consideration.

Lieberman, a Morse College alumnus, served four consecutive terms as the United States senator representing CT from 1989 to 2013.

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Lieberman became an independent after CT voters defeated him in a Democratic primary, largely a result of his support of the Iraq war.

According to Politico, if Trump thought that Lieberman would be a choice welcomed by Democrats, he got it squarely wrong.

He has previously said that he would support an independent commission to investigate ties between Trump's administration and Russian Federation.

Trump earlier had teased that he could announce his choice for director before departing Friday for Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, a world tour that will keep him away from the White House through the end of next week.

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