Joe Lieberman is front-runner to be next Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Joe Lieberman was a top candidate and that the two had a "good meeting". The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C.

Also, some Democrats are skeptical about Lieberman's independence from Trump given that the two are now in an attorney-client relationship.

Trump and Sessions also interviewed former Oklahoma Gov. Lieberman lost the primary as liberal Democrats flocked to Lamont, but Lieberman won the general election with the support of Republicans.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation. But Trump said Saturday that he would act quickly to appoint a successor.

Lieberman defeated Republican incumbent Lowell Weicker in 1988 and served as a senator from CT until 2013. Previously, the president had expressed interest in Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) for the post. And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was a top candidate, Trump said yes.

Among their concerns was Mr Lieberman's past praise of Mr Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and the election.

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In other words, that personal pledge to protect Trump above all else? Mr Lieberman added that Mr McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

Lieberman, a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, began his political life as Democrat, and served both in the CT state senate and as the state's attorney general before turning his attention to higher political office.

Lieberman was a longtime chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and ran unsuccessfully for vice president on the Democratic ticket headed by former Sen.

Lieberman, 75, a Democrat who became an independent in 2006, met with the president Wednesday. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012.

Speaking to reporters at an off the record lunch, and reiterating the comments on camera moments later, Trump called former Sen.

Gore/Lieberman ended up losing the 2000 presidential election to then-presidential candidate George W. Bush and candidate for vice president, Dick Cheney.

Keating told his hometown newspaper after the interview that he doesn't expect to be chosen.

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