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President Trump to interview 4 candidates to lead FBI

President Trump to interview 4 candidates to lead FBI

Trump said "soon" when asked how close he is to making an announcement.

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved, allowing the White House to refocus and move ahead.

Trump and Lieberman discussed the position at the White House on Wednesday. His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign.

"Marc's always been a guy you go to when you have complex, intricate legal problems", Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten told the Wall Street Journal in a January article about Kasowitz.

November 6, 2016: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.

The Senate must confirm Trump's candidate for the job. Mr. Lieberman, 75 years old, served as attorney general in CT before his election to the Senate in 1988, but has no federal law-enforcement experience, unlike past FBI directors. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". 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". Lieberman described a "good meeting". Here's who is on Trump's shortlist.

A November 25 news release from Trump's transition team quoted Lieberman praising Trump's selection of K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

After flirting with supporting Trump in the 2016 presidential election, he eventually decided on backing Hillary Clinton. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing.

In an interview with The Courant before he left the Senate, Lieberman said that he was secretly considered for jobs under then-President George W. Bush.

Lieberman, originally a Democrat and later an independent, was not always Trump's top pick, either. In 2008 he spoke at the Republican National convention supporting Sen. He did not seek re-election in 2012. Lieberman has in recent months publicly praised Michael Flynn - one of the key Trump figures in the law enforcement investigation - and his political group has previously labeled Trump a bipartisan problem-solver. Keating was the governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. "I'm not going to give any other comment on that".

At a news conference following a closed door meeting of House Republicans, Ryan also raised questions about Comey's version of events at the White House, asking "if this happens as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time?".

The Trump administration is reportedly running into problems finding someone to fill the Federal Bureau of Investigation post, as several candidates for the position have dropped out of consideration.


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