Lieberman no longer in the running for Federal Bureau of Investigation director


Joe Lieberman of CT was considered the frontrunner for the position.

Trump had indicated last week that Lieberman, a former United States senator from CT and an Independent who has forged strong ties with Republicans and Democrats, was his likeliest pick. Multiple news outlets have reported that Trump is expected to hire Marc Kasowitz of that law firm to serve as his lead counsel on matters related to the Russian Federation investigation, which would create a conflict if Lieberman were to serve as FBI director.

The White House said it was looking for someone with bipartisan appeal.

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Before leaving for his foreign trip last week, Trump interviewed Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.

But Lieberman's name sparked concerns due to his years-long employment at a law firm that has long represented Trump - Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Citing an unidentified senior administration official, CNN said Trump now wants to consider additional candidates for the job.

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McCain, who was one of Lieberman's closest friends in the Senate, said reports President Donald Trump is expanding his search for a nominee were a result of Democratic pushback against Lieberman. He was a two-term attorney general for the state of CT, spanning from 1983 until his resignation in 1989 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1989 until 2013- first as a Democrat, then as an independent.

Former US vice president Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, made history when he named Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as his running mate. Lieberman's 2006 party switch also angered many Democrats on Capitol Hill. John McCain of Arizona, over Barack Obama in the 2008 election. He retired from politics in 2012. The firm, just previous year, was known as Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, but Friedman-David Friedman-is now Ambassador to Israel. He still maintains ties with Republicans, however, this year testifying on behalf of two Trump nominees in confirmation hearings: Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, who is the "Friedman" in the legal firm representing Trump.

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