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

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He also disputed the administration's characterization of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at USA politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous.". Frank Keating and Andrew McCabe, now the bureau's acting director.

In addition to Lieberman, Trump is also interviewing for the vacant post acting director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov.

Lieberman's closest law enforcement experience is serving as his state's attorney general, an elected position. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

Trump has said he could name a director before he leaves the country Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

The Senate must confirm Trump's candidate for the job.

Trump, speaking to a group of television anchors at the White House Thursday, said that Lieberman, the former senator from CT and Democratic vice presidential nominee, is his leading candidate to run the agency.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that former Sen. He added, "Let's just say we had a good conversation". An Orthodox Jew who often invoked his religious upbringing, Lieberman took to the Senate floor in September 1998 to chastise Clinton for engaging in an extramarital affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. McFeely declined to comment. Reporters did not see McCabe when he left the complex.

Lieberman served four six-year Senate terms while living in New Haven's Westville neighborhood, three as a Democrat, then a final term as an independent after he lost the 2006 Democratic primary. John McCain's presidential bid in 2008 over Barack Obama, speaking at the Republican National Convention that year.

Keating, a Republican, served as the 25th governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. His long career in public service includes working as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, an Oklahoma state representative and senator and an assistant secretary of the treasury under former President Ronald Reagan.

"Ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team".

A wild anecdote: Per Wittes, Comey wore a dark blue suit and "tried to blend in with the blue curtains" at a White House reception in January to avoid Trump's attention.

A day earlier, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC also said he didn't want to be considered.

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