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Trump to Interview Joe Lieberman for FBI Director Job

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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:44 PM

President Donald Trump will interview four candidates for the job of FBI director Wednesday, among them former Sen. Joe Lieberman.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday and said the ex-Connecticut lawmaker is being considered for the role after Trump fired James Comey last week.

The other candidates scheduled to speak with Trump about the job are acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, and former senior FBI official Richard McFeely.

An NBC reporter posted on Twitter that Lieberman, a former Democrat who became an independent in 2006, has not decided whether he would take the job if it is offered to him:

The 75-year-old Lieberman served in the Senate for 24 years before retiring in 2013. He served two separate stints as chair of the ​​Senate Homeland Security Committee from 2001-2003 and a third stint ​from 2007-2013. Before he began working on Capitol Hill, he was the attorney general of Connecticut from 1983-1989.

Lieberman holds a law degree from Yale University and worked as a lawyer before entering politics, but he does not have any law enforcement experience.

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said over the weekend finding an FBI director willing to work in the current political environment will be challenging. Trump has come under fire for sacking Comey, with some claiming he did so in an effort to squash the investigation into whether the Trump campaign had improper ties to Russia.

"I think it's going to be very hard to find a good FBI director who is willing to operate under the circumstances that we've seen this week," Woolsey said.

It was reported Tuesday that Comey wrote a memo in February that said Trump had twice asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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