Donald Trump interviews four candidates for post of FBI Director


Trump announced that his pick for FBI Director will be disclosed soon. The president departs Friday on his inaugural overseas trip, a four-country, five-stop journey tour of the Middle East and Europe that will keep him out of the country for more than a week. One major hurdle for his candidacy would be whether the president could look past Keating's criticism during the 2016 campaign - when he wrote an op-ed titled "Anyone But Trump". Frank Keating, FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official.

However, Lieberman is also a senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres-a law firm specializing in commercial litigation that has represented Trump on numerous legal issues. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) "We don't need anyone who's put on a red shirt or blue shirt - or who's campaigned for president".

In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.

Lieberman's name has been bandied about for years for a variety of positions, from defense secretary to the head of Homeland Security.

Lieberman was first elected to the Senate in 1988. Joe Lieberman is 75 years old.

Among their concerns was Lieberman's past praise of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and the election.

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Trump interviewed Lieberman and three other candidates this week.

Lieberman was a longtime chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and ran unsuccessfully for vice president on the Democratic ticket headed by former Sen. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing. He was Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and retired from the Senate in 2012.

When Lieberman was in the Senate - first as a Democrat, later as an independent (after losing a Democratic primary) who caucused with the Democrats - he was overly close with Connecticut's drug industry and lacked concern for people who needed his help, Brown suggested.

Lieberman backed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a longtime friend, in the race for president in 2008. John Cornyn, R-Texas, predicted the former CT senator would receive all 100 Senate votes. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. "I think there's a lot of people on both sides of the aisle that are looking for someone that doesn't come from the political realm, somebody frankly in the tradition of Mueller, who has a real history in enforcing the law - not somebody who has spent time in the partisan realm". The ousted director of the bureau was leading the investigation into whether Trump's campaign and his associates worked with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election.

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was considered a heavy favorite among Trump's base, but withdrew from consideration, saying he's not the right person for the job.