Former sen. Joe Lieberman has to fill from the front runner out of the race in President Trump’s effort, the vacant FBI Director his job, a senior White House official told Fox News on Wednesday.
Before Trump left for an extended overseas tour last Friday, he told reporters the ex-Connecticut legislator, a Democrat-turned-Independent, was to replace the leading candidate, James Comey, was fired by Trump at the 9. May.
But things have changed, partly because of the Trump set of a lawyer who works in the same company as Lieberman. Marc Kasowitz, who have worked for Trump in the past, was introduced to represent the President in the current election-interference of the probe. Lieberman is a partner of Kasowitz, a New York law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres.
With the FBI involved in the investigation, sources said, the Installation of Lieberman, head of the bureau could conflict with a potential interest.
Kasowitz is not the first attorney from the firm to serve Trump or his administration. The company, until last year was known as Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, but Friedman—David Friedman—is now Ambassador to Israel.
It was only last week when Trump told reporters in the Oval Office said he was asked “very close” to naming a new FBI Director, and if, point-blank, if Lieberman was the leading candidate, Trump replied: “Yes.”
Lieberman, 75, has extensive experience in the prison system. 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.
First of all, Lieberman was hailed as a wise choice, with allies on boths sides of the aisle, but then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, argued against the use of a “career politician” to lead a party, and the FBI.
Before Lieberman is the leading candidate, the list of possible Directors were former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, the former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who was in favour of the FBI Agents Association, FBI-Director Andrew McCabe; mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, John Suthers; former federal appellate court judge and current Boeing executive John Luttig; the Director of the FBI Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch Paul Abbate; Associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals Mike Garcia; and Larry Thompson, former Deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush.
The White house did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether these candidates are still in consideration.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Nick helped Kalman to this report.
Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.