Trump has said he could name a new director before he leaves the country Friday on his first overseas trip as president.
An announcement could come Friday, the soft deadline Trump set for himself.
Congressional Democrats are not embracing the possible nomination of former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman was a candidate for the job.
Trump spoke on Thursday at the White House as the Justice Department official who appointed a special counsel to independently lead a Trump-Russia investigation briefed the entire Senate in private at the Capitol. “Those will all happen upon return to the White House this afternoon”. Lieberman described a “good meeting”.
And Politico reported there is no love lost for Lieberman among Democrats as he emerges as a frontrunner to replace fired James Comey at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump said Thursday that he respected Mueller’s appointment, but he denounced the probe as a “witch hunt”.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Lieberman a “pillar of credibility.” Sen. Lieberman added that McFarland “and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council”. He’s not a professional law enforcement official – he did serve as Connecticut’s elected attorney general, but that was in the 1980s – and, while he dealt with federal law enforcement agencies as a USA senator, he left the Senate in 2013. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.
As for partisanship, Lieberman was originally elected to the Senate as a Democrat and was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. He also disputed the administration’s characterization of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump White House.
Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.
Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
When the Los Angeles Times editorialized the other day about replacing Comey, we suggested the next FBI director must be “a professional law enforcement official with an impeccable reputation, familiarity with federal law enforcement, no taint of partisanship and no political, personal or business connection to Trump”.