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The president has suggested he hopes to name Comey's successor before he departs Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

Those set to meet with the president are: acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; former Oklahoma Gov.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday interviewed four potential candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including former Connecticut Sen.

The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

"I think he would get 100 votes", Cornyn said. "Everybody likes and respects Joe Lieberman".

But he also said there had been "no effort to impede our investigation to date" - which would seem to be good news for a White House that now faces suggestions that the president might have attempted to obstruct justice.

Lieberman has helped the Trump administration, though. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

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While Trump's team initially claimed that the firing came after a review by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, laid out in a memo, that largely faulted Comey on his handling of the investigation into the private email server of Hillary Clinton, Trump later said in an interview he had already chose to fire Comey and cited the Russian Federation investigation as being at the top of mind. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.

He showed a large independent streak during his Senate years and actually won his last term as an independent after losing the Democratic Party nomination over his support for the Iraq war. He campaigned for Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016 after endorsing Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008.

He spends some time at a Manhattan law firm and helps lead No Labels, an organization devoted to promoting bipartisanship - a Lieberman calling card.

He was the lead case agent on the Oklahoma City federal building bombing in 1995, when Keating was governor, and he was the FBI's on-scene commander after the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

Keating told his hometown newspaper after the interview that he doesn't expect to be chosen.

Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration, including Rep. Trey Gowdy and Sen.