Trump says he's 'very close' to naming an FBI director

Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump, speaking to a group of television anchors at the White House Thursday, said that Lieberman, the former senator from CT and Democratic vice presidential nominee, is his leading candidate to run the agency.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports the appointment of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as special counsel investigating allegations that Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign worked together to affect last year's election.

Asked as he left the White House whether he would say "yes" if Trump offered him the job, Keating said, "I'm a public servant".

Lieberman, now a lawyer for the New York-based law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, did not immediately return a call requesting comment. Three other potential candidates Trump interviewed on Wednesday are former Oklahoma Gov. Joe Lieberman Wednesday afternoon to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

Some allies of the president have said he could announce his pick before leaving Friday for a nine-day foreign trip - his first overseas tour as president.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions "has talked to all of" the remaining candidates about the position. During the 2016 presidential election, he endorsed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump seeks new Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee
Wyden, who sits on the committee, said the American people were ill-served getting information about the circumstances of Mr. Later, Ms Sanders said, "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity".

Other Democrats during the committee meeting applauded the selection of Robert S. Mueller III as the special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, but they said it doesn't mean they're dropping their own inquiry. He was Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and retired from the Senate in 2012.

Trump met with Lieberman Wednesday and found him "agreeable", a source said.

"The president is confident in the events that he has maintained and he wants the truth in these investigations to get to the bottom of the situation", Mr. Spicer said. He lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won re-election as a third party candidate.

Lieberman, a Morse College alumnus, served four consecutive terms as the United States senator representing CT from 1989 to 2013.

Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Lieberman served as Connecticut's attorney general for six years. Previously, the president had expressed interest in Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) for the post.

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. John McCain and Lindsey Graham is the Democratic base's equivalent of a Tea Party candidate hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. A late and somewhat unlikely addition to Trump's short list, Lieberman is nonetheless the sudden frontrunner.

Even though his brother, Tulsa businessman Dan Keating, was an Oklahoma co-chairman of the Trump for President campaign, Frank Keating railed against Trump in an April 2016 editorial in the Tulsa World.

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