Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

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

Mr Lieberman was among four candidates Mr Trump interviewed at the White House on Wednesday. Mr Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement.

Trump said he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

After the firing, Rosenstein announced he would appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation - his decision because Sessions recused himself from it. Rosenstein only informed the White House of his decision to bring on former FBI Director Robert Mueller after the order was signed and less than an hour before it was announced publicly. If his nomination is made official, Lieberman would have to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, then confirmed by the full Senate.

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) speculated that Lieberman could get 100 confirmation votes, and Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Lieberman a "pillar of credibility." Sen.

A top Senate Democratic aide, likewise, put the prospects of enormous opposition to the pick bluntly in an email to HuffPost: "There couldn't possibly be worse time to take the unprecedented step of handing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over to a politician". Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to Politico. "Or who's campaigned for president".

Some may think that going with Lieberman is a way for Trump to win some support across the aisle.

"Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials".

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Lieberman, who is 75, would be an unusual choice and not just because he has limited experience in law enforcement. Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. His seat was won by Sen.

"Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn and opposition to some of President Barack Obama's agenda late in his Senate career", Politico's Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim wrote Thursday. Mr McCabe was tapped to become acting director after Mr Trump dismissed Mr Comey on May 9. On Wednesday, it was reported that Trump was considering four candidates for the job.

But he told NBC Connecticut that Trump's victory is a result of people's dissatisfaction with Washington.

More recently, Lieberman supported Trump's controversial pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

In his 2000 vice presidential run, Lieberman was the first Jewish person to run on a major party ticket in a presidential race.

The ACLU said Thursday it has "serious concerns" about Lieberman, who has supported expansive surveillance power for the government.

The Department of Justice has reportedly interviewed at least seven candidates.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.

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