Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Posted May 19, 2017

Asked how close he is to making an announcement, Trump said, "soon". Trump said he'd like to name Comey's successor before he leaves Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

The president also told the group that he was close to a decision, an assertion he repeated later at a joint appearance with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. But the Texas senator withdrew from consideration after a number of his colleagues said they believed Trump should shy away from picking a GOP politician. Lieberman described a "good meeting". "But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", said Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters. The White House says President Donald Tru.

"I think the process is going to go quickly". Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman. It could be a particularly effective administrator from elsewhere in law enforcement.

President Donald Trump gestures as he gives the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. His seat was won by Sen.

Lieberman served in the Senate for more than two decades and was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 with Al Gore, then the sitting vice president.

Lieberman became an independent after CT voters defeated him in a Democratic primary, largely a result of his support of the Iraq war.

Anyone who suspects Lieberman is someone who has somehow transformed into a TrumpBot simply because of his connection to a law firm that now represents Trump should be roundly mocked.

The White House initially claimed Comey's firing was tied to Comey's "mishandling" of the investigation of Hillary Clinton use of a private email server and her handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.

President Trump likely believed that naming former Sen.

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous. Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump last week.

The Senate must confirm Trump's candidate for the Federal Bureau of Investigation job.

The president also replied "he is" when asked whether Lieberman is a top candidate for the position.

The ACLU said Thursday it has "serious concerns" about Lieberman, who has supported expansive surveillance power for the government.

Also, some Democrats are skeptical about Lieberman's independence from Trump given that the two are now in an attorney-client relationship. They are acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher and Judge Michael J Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.

The Department of Justice has reportedly interviewed at least seven candidates.

Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.