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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman Trump's Top Pick For New FBI Director

19 May 2017

US Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump said he could make a "fast decision" on replacing Comey - possibly before he leaves Friday for Saudi Arabia, the start of his first overseas trip since taking office on January 20.

Rounding out Trump's shortlist to replace Comey are Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent and Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, counterterrorism advisor to former President George W. Bush Frances Townsend, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Michael Garcia, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, former FBI agent and chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and FBI veterans Richard Feely and Adam Lee.

Lieberman spent 24 years in the Senate, entering as a Democrat in 1989 and leaving as an Independent in 2013. Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement. In January, he introduced Betsy DeVos at her Senate confirmation hearing for education secretary, lauding her with praise while criticizing the "education establishment". "It's special", Trump said later at a joint news conference with Santos.

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Still, it's hard to imagine Trump considers Lieberman a viable candidate for the job.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein conducted interviews with a number of candidates over the weekend.

Lieberman endorsed Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election.

They include former Connecticut Sen.

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Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with then-Vice President Al Gore.

Lieberman spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention on behalf of his friend, Arizona Sen.

Richard McFeely, a former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official, leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. "I think the question is whether you want someone with a political pedigree or whether you want someone with a law enforcement pedigree". The firing also came as Comey was leading investigations into allegations that the Trump campaign and transition team had inappropriate contacts with Russian Federation.

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

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