Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Donald Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

Donald Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

But, the White House quashed that report.

Like so many of Trump's picks, a Lieberman nomination would no doubt carry some controversy. He also served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate, including three terms as majority leader. "It's special", Trump said later at a joint news conference with Santos. A majority of Democrats in the room said they agreed that he's a bad choice. Frank Keating, FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and former top FBI official Richard McFeely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Blumenthal said the next director could be "a career prosecutor with a distinguished background - not just any prosecutor". Claire McCaskill (D-MO) "We don't need anyone who's put on a red shirt or blue shirt - or who's campaigned for president".

"I think the process is going to go quickly". The Democrat-turned-Independent was Connecticut's attorney general before being elected to the Senate in 1988.

"Many FBI directors have been intensely political without having been in public office or run for elective office, " Looney told The Courant.

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 conversations with Russian officials.

He served as Connecticut's US senator for 24 years, retiring in 2013. He won re-election, and two years later, further angered Democrats by endorsing Sen. "Lieberman", an aide for Senate Democratic leadership told Fox News on Friday.

He was a two-term attorney general for the state of CT, spanning from 1983 until his resignation in 1989 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1989 until 2013-first as a Democrat, then as an independent. "The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and even you could say directly or indirectly with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign", he said.

"I was disappointed because the president of the United States had just confessed to engaging in an extramarital affair with a young woman in his employ and to willfully deceiving the nation about his conduct", Lieberman said, later adding, "The implications for our country are so serious that I feel a responsibility to my constituents in CT, as well as to my conscience, to voice my concerns forthrightly and publicly".

A Nov 25 news release from Mr Trump's transition team quoted Mr Lieberman praising Mr Trump's selection of Mr K T McFarland as deputy national security adviser. He also disputed the administration's characterisation of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates. "Others say even though they respect Lieberman, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should not be a former politician".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Lieberman a "pillar of credibility." Sen.

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