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

Trump had said recently that he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman was among his top choices. Trump left the meeting "leaning toward the former CT senator", according to the report. McCabe became acting director after Trump fired James Comey as director last week.

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

The firing drew instant criticism from both sides of the aisle, as Comey was overseeing the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and any possible links between the Trump camp and Russian Federation during the campaign. Concerns about how a Trump-appointed director would impartially handle the investigation were somewhat placated on Wednesday, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor to lead the probe into Trump's contacts with Russian officials. You want an apolitical Federal Bureau of Investigation director?

The president also replied "he is" when asked whether Lieberman is a top candidate for the position.

"It's a mistake to nominate anyone who's ever run for office", Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters. He was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, but split with his party when he supported Republican John McCain in his presidential bid in 2008.

A longtime Democrat who began his public life as a 1960s anti-war activist, Lieberman has had many political twists and turns over the past 40 years on his way to becoming a national political figure.

But Lieberman lost his senate seat to a primary challenger in 2006, and he ran as an independent to retain his seat. The speculation is often offered more frequently by Republicans, who often publicly support him more than some of his fellow Democrats. Conveniently, his firm has previously represented Trump in legal matters. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

When Cornyn was under consideration, even his GOP colleagues questioned whether he would be the right choice as an elected official. Attorney General Jeff Sessions participated in the interviews. She worked for Trump ally Rudy Giuliani as a federal prosecutor in NY and also oversaw the Justice Department's Office of Intelligence Policy. John McCain, R-Ariz., for president against the eventual victor, Barack Obama.

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", read the statement from Trump. Blumenthal declined to comment on Lieberman or any other possible candidates for the job.

Lieberman's front-running status, first reported by Politico, followed the former senator's Wednesday meeting with Trump.

Lieberman is a devout follower of Orthodox Judaism.

But he told NBC Connecticut that Trump's victory is a result of people's dissatisfaction with Washington.

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