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

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is one of the candidates for the position of FBI director formerly held by James Comey. 
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Lieberman traveled to the White House on Wednesday on short notice for an interview and afterward said it was a "good meeting".

Several senior White House officials told reporters at both Politico and CNN that Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who now identifies as an Independent, was the frontrunner for the job. Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee that investigation.

Gore and Lieberman narrowly lost the disputed 2000 election to Republican George W Bush, and the CT senator mounted his own unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2004.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians, zero", Trump told ABC News' Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. In January, he said he wasn't surprised that Trump delivered on his campaign promise to restrict the travel of people from some terrorism hotspots to the US.

Ethics aside, Pattis predicted that Lieberman will not be picked, for political reasons - "given the superheated political climate", in which Trump may want to take care to avoid even the appearance of a conflict.

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Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, "So you woke up one morning and made a decision to write a memo?"

"I hope I don't nix his chances here, but I hope that the president would select Joe", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about his good friend Lieberman, 75, who served as the independent senator from CT from 1989 through 2013. "But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", said Sen. He later became a political maverick on Capitol Hill, when, in 2006, he ended his official affiliation with the hawkish wing of the Democratic Party and became an independent.

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was considered a heavy favorite among Trump's base, but withdrew from consideration, saying he's not the right person for the job. One senior Democratic aide told Politico that Lieberman's connection to Kasowitz could be an issue. He has a long history of working with Republicans as well as Democrats. Despite being labeled a moderate squish by other Democrats, when Lieberman ran for president 2004 and dropped out, he later endorsed liberal alternative Howard Dean over John Kerry.

Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. His long career in public service includes working as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, an Oklahoma state representative and senator and an assistant secretary of the treasury under former President Ronald Reagan.

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