Lieberman Is Frontrunner for FBI Director Pick

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The circumstances surrounding the firing have made the appointment closely watched, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment.

Meanwhile, the FBI continues its investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, even though no evidence has emerged to date.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating stops to answers questions from members of the media as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

That probe is now in the hands of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was named as special counsel Wednesday. When asked if Lieberman was among the finalists, he said "Yes" emphatically, and anonymous sources have told several news outlets Lieberman is his top choice. Claire McCaskill told reporters. "But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", said Sen.

Former senator and 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman is getting a lot of attention lately. Lieberman was a Democrat before changing party affiliations to Independent. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate.

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Lieberman has worked for years for the law firm that has long represented Trump, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. Look where he works now, a Trump law firm.

He also announced he was "very close" to choosing a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace James Comey.

During the transition, Lieberman visited at least twice with the president at Trump Tower in New York City. Trump contradicted his top aides - who credited a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for the presidents decision - telling NBC's Lester Holt that he would've fired Comey "regardless."

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

He was Connecticut's attorney general for six years before he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988 and served four terms. He was the vice-presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket with Al Gore but is now an independent.

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Ethics aside, Pattis predicted that Lieberman will not be picked, for political reasons - "given the superheated political climate", in which Trump may want to take care to avoid even the appearance of a conflict.

Still, Lieberman may not see totally eye-to-eye with the president.

In 2007, Lieberman urged the United States to follow Britain and expand its surveillance programs.

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