Joe Lieberman on President Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director short list

Lauren Perry
May 26, 2017

Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

"Well, I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign", Trump later said during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The former USA senator from New Haven was one of four candidates Trump was interviewing Wedneday as possible replacements for ousted FBI Director James Comey.

Since retiring from the Senate in 2013, Lieberman has worked for the NY law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman that has included Trump as a client.

On Wednesday, Trump met with Lieberman, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former top FBI official Richard McFeely.

Many senators have said they will not support the nomination of a former politician.

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The Pennsylvania senator, who faced criticism earlier this year for never having held an in-person town hall meeting in Philadelphia, said the timing of Trump's decision to fire Comey was "unfortunate". He was a two-term attorney general for the state of CT, spanning from 1983 until his resignation in 1989 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1989 until 2013-first as a Democrat, then as an independent. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate.

Lieberman backed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a longtime friend, in the race for president in 2008.

But the appointment does not assuage all concerns, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation director would still play a major role as things moved forward.

While he is widely disliked by progressives, Lieberman also may not find much support from more centrist Democrats, his long-time allies who have defended him over the years as he faced attacks from the political left. John McCain ran for the White House.

McCain, Graham and Lieberman were longtime Senate traveling companions - the trio were known as the "three amigos" - and Graham pushed so hard for Lieberman to be McCain's vice president over conservative Governor Sarah Palin that he almost caused a rift in McCain's campaign.

Gore eventually lost to President George W. Bush in a contest settled by the Supreme Court.

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

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