Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump interviews 4 candidates for post of FBI director

Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Keating a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents in 2017. President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, following his short trip on Marine One from nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

President Donald Trump flatly denied that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The media won't be thrilled with someone like Joe Lieberman, who's considered the front-runner. Mr Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement.

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another move to settle the waters. Lieberman described a "good meeting". Mr McCabe was tapped to become acting director after Mr Trump dismissed Mr Comey on May 9.

The firing drew instant criticism from both sides of the aisle, as Comey was overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and any possible links between the Trump camp and Russian Federation during the campaign. "It's special", Mr Trump said later Thursday at a joint news conference with Mr Santos.

Trump confirmed when he was asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was a top candidate, CNN reported. So has federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, whom GOP leaders floated as a possible candidate, despite having blocked his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Word of Lieberman's standing in the candidate search drew a mixed reaction from Capitol Hill, with Senate Republicans praising the Democrat turned independent, and Democrats seeming less than enthused about their former colleague. John Cornyn, R-Texas, have said they are not interested in the job.

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.

That firing has sparked heated questions from members of Congress in both parties who have called for a closer look into why Comey was sacked and whether it was tied to the Russian Federation investigation. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

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The senators have also asked Comey to testify about his interactions with former President Barack Obama's administration about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. He lost to a Senate primary challenger in 2006 and only retained his seat after he switched his party to independent. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Keating, a Republican, served as the 25th governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003.

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

"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.

At the same time, congressional committees are continuing their own investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director.

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

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