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Trump's Rumored Pick For FBI Director Is A Former Democratic Senator

Trump's Rumored Pick For FBI Director Is A Former Democratic Senator

The president made the comments during an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The former CT senator flashed a thumbs-up as he left the White House after the interview Wednesday, saying he and Trump had a "good meeting".

A graduate of Yale Law School, Lieberman served as Connecticut's Attorney General from 1983 to 1989 before launching his career in the U.S. Senate. Frank Keating, FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official. In January, he said he wasn't surprised that Trump delivered on his campaign promise to restrict the travel of people from some terrorism hotspots to the US.

Lieberman has weighed in on some points of Trump's agenda since his election. He was Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and retired from the Senate in 2012.

However, Lieberman is also a senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres-a law firm specializing in commercial litigation that has represented Trump on numerous legal issues. Despite speculation that Trump might announce the pick at a White House news conference Thursday, a longtime Lieberman supporter said that he had not yet accepted the position as of Thursday afternoon. Lieberman reportedly interviewed with Trump on Wednesday, but he wasn't the only one.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

Since leaving office, Lieberman, a former CT attorney general, has taken a post as senior counsel at the New York-based law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman LLP.

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The former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, 75, is one of three finalists for the post, which traditionally has a 10-year term.

Lieberman became an independent after CT voters defeated him in a Democratic primary, largely a result of his support of the Iraq war. Lieberman lost the primary as liberal Democrats flocked to Lamont, but Lieberman won the general election with the support of Republicans.

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. His appointment will need to be confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate.

Keating, who served as a USA attorney and Justice Department official during the Reagan administration, worked as an Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent before entering politics.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".


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