Bernie Sanders: Lieberman Would Be 'Very Contentious' FBI Director Nominee

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

Ex-senator Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat turned independent, is the leading candidate for the vacant post of Federal Bureau of Investigation director, US President Donald Trump says.

"This is a moment where we need a law enforcement professional that's never campaigned for a presidential candidate, never campaigned for office, never worn a party label to head the FBI", McCaskill said.

On Thursday, Trump touted Lieberman, a longtime Democratic senator from CT and Al Gore's vice presidential nominee during the 2000 presidential election, as his top choice. President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Director, James Comey, has sparked an avalanche of speculation and conflicting reports.


President Donald Trump may be seriously miscalculating how much support former Sen. Joe Lieberman of CT on the shortlist of possible successors to fired FBI Director James B. Comey. 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 FBI director has a statutory 10-year-term (though, as Comey's firing demonstrates, a president can cut it short). From a series of policy defections on key issues to Lieberman's decision to run as an independent in CT after he lost the Democratic primary to challenger Ned Lamont in 2006, the former senator made many enemies among his own caucus.

The Justice Department has since appointed a special counselor to investigate the issue.

Toomey tweeted on Thursday evening that Joe Lieberman, who is among a few candidates being considered for the position, is a "great choice". Joe Lieberman, although now a senior council with a law firm that has represented Trump himself for several years, is far better known for his political career. "Everybody likes and respects Joe Lieberman".


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.

He lost his Democratic primary bid in 2006 and only kept his seat by running as a third-party candidate. John Cornyn of Texas, predicted there would be strong support for Lieberman when that chamber voted to confirm him - Cornyn predicted the nominee would receive all 100 Senate votes - there's been a steady drumbeat of Democratic dissatisfaction with the possible candidacy of the Democrat-turned-independent. He did not seek re-election in 2012. But McCabe dared, in congressional testimony, to contradict a typically off-the-cuff contention from Trump that agents had lost confidence in Comey.

He has previously said that he would support an independent commission to investigate ties between Trump's administration and Russian Federation.


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