Trump close to making Federal Bureau of Investigation choice, ex-Sen. Lieberman on list

Trump interviewed Lieberman, 75, Wednesday at the White House.

Asked how close he is to making an announcement, Trump said, "soon".

President Donald Trump's maiden global trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as crucial first test overseas for the chaos-courting president.

Blumenthal said the next director could be "a career prosecutor with a distinguished background - not just any prosecutor". "Look where he works now, a Trump law firm", Brown said, referring to Lieberman's job as senior counsel at the firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman. Frank Keating, FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official. That would surely include Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

"Last October, Marc Kasowitz, a partner at the firm, threatened The New York Times with legal action after the newspaper published pages from Trump's 1995 income tax return".

The firing drew instant criticism from both sides of the aisle, as Comey was overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election and any possible links between the Trump camp and Russian Federation during the campaign.

The Senate must confirm Trump's candidate for the job.

Republicans were largely supportive of the idea of having Lieberman run the FBI. Sen. McCain and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C. -they were referred to as the "Three Amigos", especially at the time that they were pushing for the surge in Iraq, and during President Obama's first term. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Lieberman "may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of".

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

Congressional Democrats are not embracing the possible nomination of former Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) fumed about Lieberman's efforts to undercut more generous Medicare benefits in Obamacare and his relative closeness to Trump. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

He also was the USA attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and served in a law enforcement position in Washington during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.

Lieberman ran as a vice president on Al Gore's 2000 ticket, and ran for president in 2004.

Many liberal activists were so incensed with Lieberman's departures from Democratic orthodoxies that they successfully defeated him in his 2006 party primary. John McCain's bid for the White House in 2008, CNN said. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Most well-known for the eight years (1995 to 2003) he served as Oklahoma's governor, Keating also has spent some time in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "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".

Flynn was sacked after it was revealed that he misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the nature of his conversations with Russian officials, including Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, prior to Trump's inauguration.