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Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

20 Mai 2017

Former Senator Joe Lieberman is reported to be President Donald Trump's first choice for FBI Director.

Lieberman emerged this week as the leading frontrunner in candidates being considered by Donald Trump to replace Comey.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Andrew McCabe, now the bureau's acting director; and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official, also went to the White House for interviews on Wednesday.

The controversy that has grown out of Comey's dismissal inspired several senators to call for nonpartisan appointment. That's 20 years older than the average age of a nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and 13 years older than the oldest nominee in USA history, Clarence M. Kelley. A person familiar with the meeting told Politico that Trump bonded with Lieberman.

The Senate must confirm whomever Trump nominates for the job. But after losing the Democratic Senate primary in 2006, he ran and won reelection as an independent and he endorsed Republican John McCain for president in the 2008 election.

Lieberman retired from the Senate in 2011, and since then has been a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.

Lieberman met with Trump on Wednesday afternoon. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.

When Cornyn was under consideration, even his GOP colleagues questioned whether he would be the right choice as an elected official.

Lieberman served as Connecticut's attorney general from 1983 to 1989 before being elected to represent CT in the Senate from 1989 to 2013.

Lieberman, who is Jewish and staunchly pro-Israel, is a former independent senator from CT, who ran on a ticket with Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

"Lieberman's political history and extreme views on a number of issues would make him a divisive nominee", Sanders wrote. John McCain, and did not seek re-election in 2012. The 75-year-old was Connecticut's attorney general in the 1980s, and presidential nominee Al Gore's running mate in the hotly contested 2000 election. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, went on a long disquisition about his many problems with Lieberman, including his undermining of former president Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Many Democrats believe that his announcement that he was re-opening the probe 11 days before the November 8 election cost Clinton the presidency.

Lieberman is a devout follower of Orthodox Judaism.

Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director