During an Oval Office appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump was also asked whether former Connecticut Sen.
WASHINGTON-Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman is the leading contender to be President Donald Trump's pick to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a senior administration official said.
And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was a top candidate, Trump said yes.
Three other potential candidates Trump interviewed on Wednesday are former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, acting director Andrew McCabe and ex-FBi brass Richard McFeeley.
Justice Department officials were in touch with Mueller within days of the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week.
He'd previously said he might announce his nominee before he left.
Lieberman, while in the Senate, served two separate stints as chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee from 2001-2003 and a third stint from 2007-2013.
Selecting Mr. Lieberman-who served in the Senate as a Democrat and then as an independent, and. John McCain's presidential bid in 2008 over that of former President Barack Obama, speaking at the Republican National Convention that year. He did not seek re-election in 2012. Trump may choose a new director, who must be approved by the Senate, before he leaves on a nine-day foreign trip tomorrow. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship. He also disputed the administration's characterization of the investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump associates. He also was the USA attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and served in a law enforcement position in Washington during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan.
Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep.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.