An announcement could come Friday, the soft deadline Trump set for himself. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) is his top pick.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed reporters about the meetings as Trump flew to Washington after addressing U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT.
Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov.
A person familiar with Wednesday's meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman.... Best known for a 2010 ruling against the individual mandate in Obamacare - later overturned by the Supreme Court - he also was responsible for sentencing former National Football League star Michael Vick after his conviction for operating a dogfighting ring.
The position opened up after Trump's shocking firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
Among their concerns was Lieberman's past praise of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials.
Lieberman served four six-year Senate terms while living in New Haven's Westville neighborhood, three as a Democrat, then a final term as an independent after he lost the 2006 Democratic primary.
He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly". He was confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate on March 29, OU Press Secretary Matt Epting said. He was attorney general of CT before being elected to the Senate in 1988.
As I wrote last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs not a face-man but a professional technician: "a low-key, high-energy, uber-competent, well-experienced director".
"Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials".
"Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Democrat colleagues combined, so screw them", McCain said of Democrats' concerns.
Did he urge Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn? He's not a professional law enforcement official - he did serve as Connecticut's elected attorney general, but that was in the 1980s - and, while he dealt with federal law enforcement agencies as a US senator, he left the Senate in 2013. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.
Lieberman is no stranger to Washington, serving three terms as a CT senator, twice as a Democrat and once as an Independent. He also backed Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said he would be "overjoyed" if Lieberman, who is a friend of his, were picked. He has spent part of his time as the co-chairman of a group called No Labels that seeks solutions by both political parties.
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