Trump close to making Federal Bureau of Investigation choice, ex-Sen. Lieberman on list

Joe Lieberman his top pick.

Lieberman has run for a number of political jobs, including, unsuccessfully, president of the United States.

As President Donald Trump welcomed the president of Colombia to the White House, he indicated that a replacement for former FBI Director James Comey would be named "soon", hinting towards former Connecticut Sen. When asked if Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent, is his favorite choice, Trump said yes.

Other candidates included acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov.

Trump told television anchors at a lunch Thursday that he was close to making his decision.

Mr Trump leaves Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president, a four-country, five-stop tour that will keep him out of Washington for more than a week.

Trump later said in an interview he chose to fire Comey because the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was a "show boat" and a "grandstander". FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

He said it would be a new day for CT.

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"Well I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", he said, insisting there had been "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Later, Trump said he had been planning for months to sack Comey. He later registered as an Independent, but he continued to serve with the Democratic caucus in the Senate.

The Politico website said Lieberman would be an unusual pick. His only law enforcement experience came in the six years before his ascent to the Senate, during which he served as as Connecticut Attorney General.

"Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials". Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and the election.

The idea of naming Lieberman to the post is being met with praise by Republicans. Lieberman, 75, has served as attorney general in CT but has no federal law-enforcement experience, unlike past FBI directors. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing. Lieberman lost the primary as liberal Democrats flocked to Lamont, but Lieberman won the general election with the support of Republicans. He did not seek re-election in 2012. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Keating earned a law degree from OU, and has also worked under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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

"I think the question is whether you want someone here with a political pedigree or you want somebody that has a law-enforcement pedigree, " Murphy said on the "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC. The White House declined to comment.

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