Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

White House says Trump will hold off on naming FBI director


Trump announced that his pick for FBI Director will be disclosed soon.

An announcement could come Friday, the soft deadline Trump set for himself. He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Wednesday that the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director "should have a background in criminal justice, preferably as a prosecutor and should be above politics - with no political background or partisan connections". "I appreciate that President Trump has gone from what during the campaign sounded like a possible ban on Muslims coming into America, which would have been unacceptable, I think unconstitutional, to making a judgment that there are certain countries from which people are more likely to be coming in here to do us damage, and therefore we ought to keep them out", said the former chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Joe Lieberman made the wisecracks while doing stand-up comedy during a "Funniest Celebrity in D.C." contest in 1999. Lieberman first backed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections, but encouraged Democrats to work with Trump after he won the bid for presidency.

The Justice Department, in an attempt to quell the furor over Comey's ouster, this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the investigation. Trump has denounced the probe as a "witch hunt". The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

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.

"I think that the political part of this is not the best part for the FBI", Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California told CNN.

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Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, called the appointment a "good decision". Reacting to the appointment, Trump earlier said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place.

But several Democratic senators said during a caucus lunch Thursday that they would not support Lieberman, according to a person familiar with the meeting who declined to be identified because the lunch was private.

President Donald Trump's choices to staff his administration have sometimes been controversial.

A November 25 news release from Trump's transition team quoted Lieberman praising Trump's selection of K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser. All Democratic senators Politico interviewed said the former CT senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post. After four years before he became independent and ran for president - as a Democrat - but failed. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.

Lieberman ran as a vice president on Al Gore's 2000 ticket, and ran for president in 2004.

Lieberman even spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.

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