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Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

The former US senator from New Haven was one of four candidates Trump was interviewing Wedneday as possible replacements for ousted FBI Director James Comey. Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Lieberman at the White House on Wednesday. Sen.

According to their reports, former USA senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the "frontrunner" to become the new FBI Director.

Lieberman, who retired from the Senate in 2013, now works at the same law firm as longtime Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

Lieberman now works at NY law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, which has represented Trump.

A number of members of Congress and other Republican and Democratic leaders have also called the White House to voice their support of former MI congressman and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Mike Rogers for director.

Trump also said at the time that "the process is going to move quickly" and that he would make a "fast decision" to replace Comey.

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Toomey tweeted on Thursday evening that Joe Lieberman, who is among a few candidates being considered for the position, is a "great choice". McCain, often a vocal critic of the president, suggested he may not have helped Lieberman's cause. Joe Lieberman was one of his top picks after meeting with the latter Thursday.

Lieberman is an unusual choice, not only due to his lack of relevant experience, but also because he comes from the opposite side of the party aisle from the Republican President.

When he was in Congress, Lieberman joined forces with Sens.

The meetings come more than a week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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.

After losing the Democratic primary in his 2006 reelection bid, Lieberman left the party and mounted a bid as an Independent, winning the three-way race by 10 percentage points. Interestingly, Lieberman is not a Republican. He also disputed the administration's characterization of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates.

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Sen. John Cornyn and New York Judge Michael Garcia, who both withdrew their names.



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