Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly warning that Joe Lieberman – favored by President Donald Trump to be the next FBI director – would be a "very contentious and divisive nominee" because of his "extreme views."
The Vermont Independent said Friday the next FBI chief should be someone who isn't perceived as a political pick, the Washington Examiner reported.
"In this difficult moment in American history, when there is so much mistrust in government, the next FBI director must be a person who commands bipartisan support," Sanders' statement read, the Examiner reported.
"He or she cannot be perceived as a political appointee or someone representing the interests of the Trump administration," Sanders said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Joe Lieberman does not fit that description."
"Senator Lieberman's political history, and his extreme views on a number of issues, would make him a very contentious and divisive nominee," he added. the Examiner reported. "That is not what we need now for the next FBI director."
The former Connecticut senator was a veteran Democrat and the party's vice presidential nominee in 2000, though he bucked the party in 2008 and endorsed GOP Sen. John McCain for president over Barack Obama. He was an independent in his last term and retired in 2013.
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