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Trump: Joe Lieberman Leading Choice for FBI Director

During a rare press conference yesterday, President Trump confirmed rumors on the hill that former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman is the frontrunner to replace James Comey as the head of the FBI.

In fact, it’s entirely possible that you’re reading this update after the news of his appointment has already occurred.

The White House moved quickly in the replacement process after interviewing eight candidates for the position.

Lieberman reportedly is close to Trump and has a strong bipartisan reputation having run as Al Gore’s Vice Presidential running mate in 2000 and also having endorsement John McCain in 2008.

Here’s more from Newsmax…

President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that onetime Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman is the favorite to become the next head of the FBI, after the shock dismissal of James Comey.

Asked whether the 75-year-old was a frontrunner, Trump responded “yes” — confirming Lieberman’s surprise candidacy.

Lieberman, a former independent senator from Connecticut, ran on a ticket with Democrat Al Gore in 2000, but they were defeated by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

In 2008, Lieberman endorsed Republican John McCain.

The choice of a new FBI director will be closely scrutinized with the administration thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against Trump, most damagingly that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop a probe into one of his top advisors.

Trump told television anchors at a lunch Thursday he was close to making a selection.

“I’m very close to choosing an FBI director,” he said.

Trump was not more specific.

Lieberman, 75, a Democrat who became an independent in 2006, met with the president Wednesday.

He apparently “bonded” with Trump, Politico reported, citing “a person familiar” with the meeting. The White House declined to comment.

Lieberman was Vice President Al Gore’s running mate in 2000.

Trump interviewed as many as eight candidates since he fired James Comey last week.

Other candidates included acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, and former senior FBI official Richard McFeely.


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