Trump Says He's 'Very Close' to Naming a New FBI Director

Trump reportedly indicated that he was leaning toward Lieberman but would officially announce his pick for the new leader of the bureau on May 19, shortly before leaving for his first trip overseas as president, notes Politico.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has managed in the course of a long political career to offend Democrats, Republicans and those across the political spectrum. He told the press Thursday that former Democratic senator Joe Lieberman is his top choice.

On Wednesday, Trump met with Lieberman, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former top FBI official Richard McFeely.

President Trump likely believed that naming former Sen.

Trump also interviewed former Oklahoma Gov.

The Justice Department, in an attempt to quell the furor over Comey's ouster, this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the investigation.

Many senators have said they will not support the nomination of a former politician. Lieberman served as CT state attorney general for six years, ending in 1989, but otherwise has held political office.

The law firm he has worked for since 2013, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, has represented Trump since at least November of 2001, often on cases that had to do with his reputation. If confirmed, Lieberman would be in charge of the agency conducting a criminal investigation into Trump's presidential campaign.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

On paper, Lieberman may seem like a confusing choice for the GOP president.

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".

Potentially complicating his issues with Democrats, Lieberman's firm has represented Trump in past litigation. He was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, but split with his party when he supported Republican John McCain in his presidential bid in 2008.

Prior to his time in Washington, Lieberman served as Attorney General for CT.

When the Los Angeles Times editorialized the other day about replacing Comey, we suggested the next FBI director must be "a professional law enforcement official with an impeccable reputation, familiarity with federal law enforcement, no taint of partisanship and no political, personal or business connection to Trump".

Vanessa Coleman