Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman On Trump's Short List For FBI Director

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"Gonna be a big battle in the Reform Party, as we've heard all night, between Trump and Buchanan", Lieberman said.

Trump met with Lieberman Wednesday and found him "agreeable", a source said. The news comes amidst a maelstrom of controversy, with the Trump administration on its heels trying to defend the president's alleged request that Comey end FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, subsequent dismissal of Comey and disclosure of highly classified intelligence to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

The controversy that has grown out of Comey's dismissal inspired several senators to call for nonpartisan appointment.

Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump's campaign and his associates worked with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election. Others say even though they respect Lieberman, the job of Federal Bureau of Investigation director should not go to a former politician.

The 75-year-old former congressman, who would be hired to serve a 10-year term, is well-liked among both Democrats and Republicans, according to Politico, although CNN notes that he is not particularly popular among Democratic voters, as he lost a Senate primary in 2006, the last time he ran as a liberal.

"The president is confident in the events that he has maintained and he wants the truth in these investigations to get to the bottom of the situation", Mr. Spicer said.

Selecting Mr. Lieberman-who served in the Senate as a Democrat and then an independent, and endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election-would allow the White House to characterize the choice as a bipartisan one.

"It's a mistake to nominate anyone who's ever run for office", Missouri Sen.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was blunter.

"Trump's doings are on the FBI's plate right now". Lieberman was Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and ran for president himself in 2004. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

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This pattern was also seen when Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey . Trump and his administration have often seemed on different wavelengths during the controversies.

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.

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. John Cornyn of Texas, both Republicans; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that former Sen. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. "It was no longer the party it was when I joined it in the image of President Kennedy". Joe Lieberman his top pick.

Still, Lieberman may not see totally eye-to-eye with the president.

The bigger question is why Trump would bother to push Lieberman at all.

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