Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

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"If he were nominated, I would want to talk to him and ask his views and his qualifications as he sees them", Blumenthal said. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump responded, "He is". Trump is interviewing candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey who was sacked last week.

Among their concerns was Lieberman's past praise of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, who was sacked in February after misleading officials about his conversations with Russian officials.

President Donald Trump's maiden worldwide trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as crucial first test overseas for the chaos-courting president.

On Wednesday, Trump met with Lieberman, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former top FBI official Richard McFeely.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Trump held that meeting with foreign minister Sergey Lavrov just one day after he had abruptly fired Jim Comey.

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"I think Joe Lieberman is a pillar of credibility", Graham said. On Thursday the New York Times reported that Comey believed that Trump and his aides had made other inappropriate contacts that he felt compelled to resist. "We don't need anyone who's put on a red shirt, or a blue shirt - or who's campaigned for president".

Trump criticized Comey for a recent performance testifying to Congress and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding".

But Lieberman lost his senate seat to a primary challenger in 2006, and he ran as an independent to retain his seat.

He endorsed John McCain for president during the 2008 Republican National Convention and was listed in Senate records as an "Independent Democrat" as of 2007.

The MSM always goes out of its way to quote McCain, but President Trump should read the senator's lying lips to save America from his signature two-faced style.

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January 2, 2014 - Announces he will serve as executive board chairman of Victory Park Capital, a private equity firm. FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

At the same time, congressional committees are continuing their own investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director.

At the time, Trump had entered the race for the White House on the Reform Party ticket, but eventually halted his campaign.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Cornyn; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan. He's not a professional law enforcement official - he did serve as Connecticut's elected attorney general, but that was in the 1980s - and, while he dealt with federal law enforcement agencies as a US senator, he left the Senate in 2013.

Opposition Democrats immediately accused Trump of seeking to impede the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which extended to activities of White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was sacked in February for making misleading statements about his Russian contacts.

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