Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman is President Donald Trump's top pick to be nominated as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Trump said Thursday.

The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The news comes amidst a maelstrom of controversy, with the Trump administration on its heels trying to defend the president's alleged request that Comey end FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, subsequent dismissal of Comey and disclosure of highly classified intelligence to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. Frank Keating was interviewed Wednesday by President Donald Trump for the FBI's top job but said he does not expect to be chosen.

Perhaps it's not surprising that Trump, a nascent politician who never has adhered to party orthodoxy, would be drawn to Lieberman, a long-time officeholder who didn't either.

"Joe Lieberman is probably the only person that could get 100 votes in the Senate", Sen. Cornyn was on the White House's shortlist to replace Comey, but withdrew himself from consideration this week. So high was their mutual regard that McCain reportedly wanted Lieberman to be his 2008 running mate, though he eventually succumbed to pressure to pick conservative Sarah Palin instead. The firm represented Trump in his lawsuit against journalist Tim O'Brien, for example, who claimed in his book "Trump Nation" that the real estate developer's net worth was at most $250 million, not the billions he claimed.

Mr 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.

Lieberman defeated Republican incumbent Lowell Weicker in 1988 and served as a senator from CT until 2013. Especially since Trump has already settled on a rather "unorthodox" choice for the position, according to a new report by Politico. Joe Lieberman is among Trump's top choices for the job. Lieberman appeared with DeVos at her Senate hearing, even introducing her with words of praise. "It's special", Mr Trump said later Thursday at a joint news conference with Mr Santos. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner. Lieberman works at a law firm whose founder the Trump Organization has referred to as its go-to lawyer, Mark Kasowitz.

Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov. He did not seek re-election in 2012.

Those include Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, whom GOP leaders floated as a possible candidate, despite having blocked his confirmation to the Supreme Court.