Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Trump May Appoint Former Senator Joe Lieberman New FBI Director

Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 19:09

While there, he chaired the Senate's homeland security committee for six years.

It was during the post-9/11 years that Lieberman linked arms with Republicans Graham and McCain, two other hawks who, like their Democratic friend, were known to thwart their party. John Cornyn, R-Texas, predicted the former CT senator would receive all 100 Senate votes.

He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly". "That tells me a lot", said Sen.

Since leaving the Senate, Lieberman has been a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and serves on a number of boards. From a series of policy defections on key issues to Lieberman's decision to run as an independent in CT after he lost the Democratic primary to challenger Ned Lamont in 2006, the former senator made many enemies among his own caucus.

"The FBI director should be above politics and have experience in criminal justice", Blumenthal said.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brimming with resentment, President Donald Trump fervently denied on Thursday that his campaign had collaborated with Russian Federation or that he'd tried to kill an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the issue, contending that "even my enemies" recognize his innocence and declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history.

Some may think that going with Lieberman is a way for Trump to win some support across the aisle.

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Lieberman, who is 75, would be an unusual choice and not just because he has limited experience in law enforcement.

Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, educated at Yale and Yale Law school, and served in the Connecticut state senate and as attorney general of the state before being elected as the state's Senator in Washington. His seat was won by Sen.

Lieberman ran for vice president with Democrat Al Gore in 2000 and now works at the same law firm as Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, which Democrats could find problematic, as one Democratic aide told Politico. That connection might cause a problem among some Democrats, Politico reported.

The Trump administration asserted that the U.S. 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. He also disputed the administration's characterization of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump White House.

He helped Trump by introducing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - a controversial candidate - at her Senate confirmation hearing.

Lieberman's selection as a vice presidential candidate was the first time a Jewish person was on a major party's presidential ticket.

The ACLU said Thursday it has "serious concerns" about Lieberman, who has supported expansive surveillance power for the government. They are acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher and Judge Michael J Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.

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