President Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Despite speculation that Trump might announce the pick at a White House news conference Thursday, a longtime Lieberman supporter said that he had not yet accepted the position as of Thursday afternoon. The former CT senator flashed a thumbs-up as he left the White House on Wednesday after meeting with Trump and said they had a "good meeting". He has said he could name a director before he departs.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote at the time, excerpts of which leaked to reporters on Tuesday.

Those were two of the four names the White House said Mr. Trump was considering to replace James B, Comey, who was sacked last week.

McCabe became acting director following the May 9 firing of Comey. In addition to complaining he was being abused in unprecedented ways, he took aim anew at his presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying she never faced a special counsel despite "all the illegal acts that took place" in her campaign.

Trump said on Monday that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly".

Lieberman is no stranger to Washington, serving three terms as a CT senator, twice as a Democrat and once as an Independent.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings. He's also a Democrat, and while Lieberman was respected by both major parties throughout his tenure, his past affiliation may cause trouble during the confirmation process. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey. Lieberman added that McFarland "and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council".

Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also over "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. He has served as co-chairman of No Labels, a centrist group that promotes bipartisanship.

Keating, a Republican, was a two-term governor of Oklahoma and led the state during the deadly 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. 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.

The Trump White House is under pressure to find a candidate who is likely to win Senate approval quickly and without controversy, and time is short for him to do so before leaving on his nine-day foreign trip.

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 us attorney from Manhattan. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney from Manhattan.

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