Democrats in Congress have already the nomination for FBI Director to speak against the prospect of former Sen. Joe Lieberman, despite the fact that President Trump has not announced the decision.
The timetable for the nomination, it is unclear to exit with a trump card for his first international trip as commander-in-chief, without mentioning his / her pick.
Lieberman came a day earlier than the apparent front-runner, though, a development that received a largely positive response from the side of the Republicans.
“Lieberman is probably the only person that said 100 votes in the Senate,” Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill on Thursday, after a Senate briefing with the Deputy General Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein. Cornyn had to replace the White house shortlist Comey, but withdrew from consideration.
But without Democrats, the “100 votes in the Senate” would not occur.
“It could not be said to be worse at the time, the unprecedented step of handing over to the FBI about a politician—that includes Sen. Lieberman,” an aide to Senate Democratic leadership, Fox News on Friday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, argued against a “career-politicians” of a party, the FBI on Thursday morning in the Senate, but he’s not explicitly the name of Lieberman.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., also disapproval, told reporters expressed on Capitol Hill on Thursday, it would be “to nominate a bug” him.
“I don’t think it’s a lot of excitement about that from our side of the aisle. Not because we don’t respect Joe Lieberman. But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who will run for office,” McCaskill said. “We don’t need someone with a shirt on a red T-shirt or a blue T-and who campaigned for the President.”
Lieberman, 75, has extensive political and law enforcement experience. He was a two-term attorney general for the state of Connecticut, from 1983 until his resignation in 1989 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013, first as a Democrat then as an independent.
Lieberman ran as the Vice-President Al Gore’s ticket in 2000, and ran for President in 2004. He then became an independent after losing the Democratic primary in Connecticut in 2006. He won re-election, and two years later further angered Democrats with the endorsement of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for the President against the eventual winner, Barack Obama. Lieberman even spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Democrats threw Lieberman out of their group, after learning that he spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and years later, resentment still lingers.
As he’s in Congress, Lieberman have been together with Sens. McCain and Lindsay Graham, R-S. C., referred to as the “Three Amigos”, especially at the time that you were at the insistence of the surge in Iraq, and while President Obama’s first term in office.
Graham celebrated the prospect of Lieberman to replace Comey, and said: “If the President picked Joe Lieberman, and think he would do the country a good service, and I, the FBI, and a good service.”
But Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who thinks Lieberman’s old seat, the same feeling of the other Democrats on the hill, including moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., who praised the ex-senator is proposing, however, before a preference for a non-political figure leads the FBI.
“He has a history of angering Democrats and Republicans, this is probably a good experience for FBI Director,” Murphy. “But my concern is about someone with a political background. This is a moment for someone with a law enforcement background.”
Trump said on Thursday that he was said to be “very close” to naming a new FBI Director, his leading candidate was Lieberman, but White house officials told Fox News on Friday would be it.no FBI announcements by the President of the overseas trip
Trump is in Washington DC next Saturday.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.