Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Cameron Gross
May 19, 2017

Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the White House and said he and the president had a "good meeting".

The president made the comments during an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was his top pick, Trump said yes.

Trump met with Lieberman Wednesday and found him "agreeable", a source said.

The Trump administration asserted that the United States president and "the rest of the FBI" had lost confidence in Comey over the last few months and in the past year with his poor handling of the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private server and email scandal.

Opposition Democrats immediately accused Trump of seeking to impede the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which extended to activities of White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was sacked in February for making misleading statements about his Russian contacts. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department appointed an independent special counsel to take over the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential race. The president has suggested he hopes to name Comey's successor before he departs Friday for his first overseas trip as president. He then endorsed McCain for president in 2008 and spoke at the Republican National Convention that year.

Trump also interviewed three other potential candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, including former Oklahoma Gov.

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Since leaving the Senate, Lieberman has worked at a large NY law firm that has represented Trump's business interests in the past.

"I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton because I have known her forever, and her husband, back when they were at Yale Law School", he said.

After the firing, Rosenstein announced he would appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation - his decision because Sessions recused himself from it. Rosenstein only informed the White House of his decision to bring on former FBI Director Robert Mueller after the order was signed and less than an hour before it was announced publicly.

Keating told his hometown newspaper after the interview that he doesn't expect to be chosen. "And I think there's a lot of people on both sides of the aisle that are looking for someone who doesn't come from the political realm". He also disputed the administration's characterization of the Russian Federation investigation.

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Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.

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