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

19 May 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump will interview former Connecticut Sen.

Lieberman has helped the Trump administration, though.

After Trump's firing of ex-director James Comey, administration critics have demanded a bipartisan nominee who can be trusted to conduct an impartial inquiry into ties between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

He has previously said that he would support an independent commission to investigate ties between Trump's administration and Russian Federation. Trump has said he could name a successor before he departs Friday on his first overseas trip as president. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about Director Comey", Trump said. Lieberman described a "good meeting". He supported Sen. John McCain for president in 2008, but endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016, a move that could count against him with Trump, who screens candidates for his administration for loyalty. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey.

The FBI needs a new director because Trump fired James Comey from the job last week amid the bureau's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

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The president also told the group that he was close to a decision, an assertion he repeated later at a joint appearance with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

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Lieberman fits the bill as a former Democratic vice-presidential nominee and independent senator from CT who has cultivated ties with Republicans like Arizona Sen. The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

Senate Republicans praised Mr Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, while Democrats were less effusive about their former colleague. John Cornyn of Texas, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

Joe Lieberman is also raising eyebrows as a proponent of criminal investigations of media outlets that publish classified information stemming from illegal hacking.

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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.

It follows the revelation Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed reporters about the meetings as Trump flew to Washington after addressing U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT.

Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third party candidate. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said he would be "overjoyed" if Lieberman, who is a friend of his, were picked.

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