Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

Posted May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump is "very close" to selecting an interim candidate to replace former FBI Director James Comey, he told White House reporters on Thursday. McCabe was tapped to become acting director after Trump dismissed Comey on May 9.

Lieberman suggested Electra as the Secretary of Energy and White as the Secretary of Education. Trump is scheduled to be out of the country for nine days.

Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

Blumenthal would not predict whether Lieberman could be approved in the divided U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. "Rather than commenting on all the potential nominees, and there are others who are also in the front-runner category, I really want to hold my fire until someone is nominated".

Trump said on Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly".

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina had to retract a statement made hours earlier that Flynn's lawyer had told the committee he would not comply with the subpoena.

In his 2000 vice presidential run, Lieberman was the first Jewish person to run on a major party ticket in a presidential race. The president was considering Senate Majority Whip John Coryn (R-Tex), however, Coryn took himself out of the running as he felt it was best for him to serve in the Senate.

Not always embraced by liberals, Lieberman later switched from Democrat to Independent, although he caucused with Senate Democrats.

Trump spoke on Thursday at the White House as the Justice Department official who appointed a special counsel to independently lead a Trump-Russia investigation briefed the entire Senate in private at the Capitol.

Joe Lieberman's law firm is Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. "Unfortunately, Joe Lieberman does not fit that description".

According to the New York Times, several high-level Trump aides have been urging him not to appoint Lieberman, citing the former senator's lack of federal law enforcement experience and his political background.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey. "Senator Lieberman also assists corporate clients on tax, health care, security and intellectual property matters". For all of Lieberman's vaunted bipartisanship, he still built a career as a politician and has a habit of thinking like one. He has no federal law enforcement experience and, while now at a high-profile law firm, is most associated as a centrist Democrat. "He's been a pain in the butt to both Republicans and Democrats during his time both in and out of the Senate", Murphy said.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous. I think there are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle looking for someone who doesn't come from the political realm...ultimately, I think a lot of us would rather see someone who comes from law enforcement".