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Joe Lieberman one of top picks for Federal Bureau of Investigation job

19 May 2017

President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he was "very close" to choosing a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and when asked whether Lieberman was a candidate, the President responded: "He is".

Lieberman, who ran as Al Gore's vice presidential candidate in 2000, visited Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the position, according to the Associated Press. Joe Lieberman of CT is his top choice in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.

He was Connecticut's attorney general for six years before he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988 and served four terms. Trump contradicted his top aides - who credited a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for the presidents decision - telling NBC's Lester Holt that he would've fired Comey "regardless."

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. Russian officials have repeatedly denied charges of interfering in the USA elections, saying the allegations are absurd and represent an attempt to divert the United States public's attention from revealed instances corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues. The Connecticut Democrat-turned-Independent would immediately test just how much Senate Democrats are willing to politicize every single one of Trump's appointments.

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Then-FBI Director James Comey sworn in prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017.

Another partner in the same firm is David Friedman, Trump's new ambassador to Israel. Lieberman reportedly met with the president and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday. Lieberman abandoned his party after he lost his 2006 primary to Ned Lamont, and he lost that election mainly because of his zealous support for the Iraq war and his perceived closeness to Bush in connection with that. Trump said he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president. "So we want to get back and keep on the track that we're on".

"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. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Lieberman was among four candidates Trump interviewed at the White House this week.

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If Trump goes ahead with a Lieberman nomination, he will be choosing someone widely regarded as unqualified for the job, and Lieberman will encounter significant resistance during the confirmation process.

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

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