Announcement of new Federal Bureau of Investigation director could come Friday, Trump's soft deadline

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

Trump tipped Lieberman's status during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The meetings come more than a week after Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Despite speculation that Trump might announce the pick at a White House news conference Thursday, a longtime Lieberman supporter said that he had not yet accepted the position as of Thursday afternoon. The veteran FBI official made headlines for his congressional testimony last week that rejected the White House's claim that Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file agents and for disputing the administration's characterization of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump White House.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former Connecticut Sen.

On May 9, Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, who has emerged as one of Trump's most vocal opponents. Lieberman served as CT state attorney general for six years, ending in 1989, but otherwise has held political office.

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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.

But President Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke Wednesday evening, allowed his resentment to burst forth Thursday in angry morning tweets. He also publicly disagreed with Trump's so-called Muslim ban.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney has known Lieberman for the past 42 years as fellow New Haven Democrats and former state Senate majority leaders. Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians. In January, he was the target of liberal scorn when he testified in favor of Trump's choice for Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, in her Senate confirmation hearings. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Lieberman "may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of". He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Lieberman represented CT in the Senate from 1989 to 2013, initially as a Democrat. Keating earned a law degree from OU, and has also worked under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. John Cornyn and New York Judge Michael Garcia, who both withdrew their names.

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