Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

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Several senior White House officials told reporters at both Politico and CNN that Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who now identifies as an Independent, was the frontrunner for the job.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump is "very close" to selecting an interim candidate to replace former FBI Director James Comey, he told White House reporters on Thursday.

Insiders have reportedly urged Trump to consider a non-politician to fill the top Federal Bureau of Investigation job because a politician-whether Republican or Democrat-would have trouble getting Senate confirmation given the toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill these days. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Lieberman at the White House on Wednesday. Sen.

Lieberman's name has been bandied about for years for a variety of positions from Defense secretary to the head of homeland security.

Potentially complicating his issues with Democrats, Lieberman's firm has represented Trump in past litigation. He said that Lieberman should not be ruled out simply because he has been an elected official.

He said it would be a new day for CT.

"We're at war. The enemy wants to attack us", Lieberman reportedly said in the Senate, ahead of the vote.

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Lieberman retired from the Senate in 2011, and since then has been a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.

"If they wanted me, I certainly would be honoured, but I really don't think that's going to happen", Mr Keating, 73, told the newspaper after his interview. "He has great respect and affection from both sides of the aisle".

Between Donald Trump's sudden decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week and former agency head Robert Mueller's appointment as special prosecutor for all things Russian Federation, the "Bureau" has received a lot of publicity lately.

Murphy added, "I know Joe. This is a moment for someone with a law enforcement background", said Sen. Blumenthal declined to comment on Lieberman or any other possible candidates for the job.

"The FBI director should be above politics and have experience in criminal justice", Blumenthal said. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Lieberman lobbied from retirement to undermine former President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and is known for his close alliance with members of the Republican caucus like Sens. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate.

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