President Trump will soon announce his new FBI director. Joe Lieberman — one of four considered — is a top contender for all the wrong reasons.
Trump reportedly interviewed four finalists to head the agency on Wednesday. According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump spoke with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and former FBI official Richard McFeely. However, those three have tough competition in the form of former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut).
Out of the four candidates, Lieberman may have the best chance of passing the Senate’s confirmation process, given that he was a member of the U.S. Senate for more than two decades and many of those who would vote on his confirmation would likely vouch for his credibility given his status as a longtime colleague.
But as USA Today reports, Lieberman’s strength in the eyes of Trump is that he would likely not be an overzealous investigator of the Trump administration, given his status as a senior counsel with Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman. The paper reports that Donald Trump has retained the firm in the past to represent him in, among other legal issues, defamation of character.
Reports of Lieberman being considered for the position aren’t particularly good optics for Trump, who has been accused by Democratic members of Congress for obstructing justice in his sudden firing of former FBI Director James Comey last week. The New York Times recently reported that Comey wrote a memo detailing the times when Trump tried to directly interfere in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign and its dealings with Russia, particularly in asking Comey to cease inquiries into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.