Cornyn, who the officials say was intrigued by the idea and initially interested, ultimately withdrew from consideration after a number of his colleagues said they believed Trump should shy away from picking a GOP politician.
Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chooses Connecticut Sen.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed reporters about the meetings as Trump flew to Washington after addressing U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT.
In addition to Lieberman, the president will meet with former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, who worked previously as a USA attorney and as the No. 3 official in the Justice Department; Richard McFeely, a former FBI official who spent more than two decades in the bureau; and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who has taken over for Comey in the short term. A Justice Department official said the attorney general has now also met with them.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies at age 52
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of musician Chris Cornell as a suicide, saying he was hanged. The singer had posted about the show on Twitter just eight hours before his death was announced, reported BuzzFeed News.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that the Trump administration has been interviewing candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey after his firing early last week.
Trump said he hopes to announce a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the time he leaves on a foreign trip Friday.
Asked if he would accept the job if offered, he said that he liked public service.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote at the time, excerpts of which leaked to reporters on Tuesday.
Rep. King: Comey Had Obligation to Report Any Interference in Flynn Investigation
This move, coming hot on the heels of reports on Tuesday evening that Comey kept memos detailing his conversations with Trump. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.
Lieberman almost became the nation's first Jewish vice president, as he and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore lost the contested 2000 election to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
He showed a large independent streak during his Senate years and actually won his last term as an independent after losing the Democratic Party nomination over his support for the Iraq war. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. The veteran FBI official made headlines for his congressional testimony last week that rejected the White House's claim that Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file agents and for disputing the administration's characterization of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump White House. He was the lead agent on the Oklahoma City federal building bombing case in 1995, when Keating was governor, and he was the FBI's on-scene commander after the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.
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.
Several possible candidates, including Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Sen. John Cornyn, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.
Senate Judiciary Committee Wants FBI's Comey Memos
McCain also reflected on the major headlines that have come out of the Trump White House almost every day for more than a week. About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation.
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