Trump says he's 'very close' to naming an FBI director

Trump tipped Lieberman's status during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Joe Lieberman is a contender for the role. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"Like everything else, this was to be expected, President Trump is keeping his promise", Lieberman, the former chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Business Insider in an interview. Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. McCabe became acting director after Trump fired James Comey as director last week.

Trump and Sessions also interviewed former Oklahoma Gov.

Once Trump makes his selection, the appointment of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director then goes to the senate. Sen.

Among their concerns was Mr Lieberman's past praise of Mr Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials.

Lieberman, who retired from the Senate in 2013, now works at the same law firm as longtime Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

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The White House declined to comment to Politico, while Lieberman's office had not yet replied as of the publication of its story. So high was their mutual regard that McCain reportedly wanted Lieberman to be his 2008 running mate, though he eventually succumbed to pressure to pick conservative Sarah Palin instead.

Trump was not more specific. However, Rosen said, "I would be surprised if there's no conflict of interest here". What's more, Lieberman also ran for vice president on Al Gore's Democratic presidential ticket in 2000.

Lieberman was first elected to the Senate in 1988. As FBI chief, he would be in a position to act on President Donald Trump's reported desire to jail journalists who publish leaks of classified information. Lieberman appeared with DeVos at her Senate hearing, even introducing her with words of praise. Sherrod Brown. Lieberman is now a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres Friedman LLP, which has represented Trump for years. Multiple officials tell NBC News that Lieberman is the current "frontrunner" for the job. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said on the chamber floor.

In order to keep his senate seat in 2006, Lieberman chose to run as an Independent under the "Connecticut for Lieberman" party label. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speculated Trump was probably happy to get out of town - "and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".

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