Former Senator Joe Lieberman is reportedly leading the pack of candidates for new FBI director, according to Politico.
President Donald Trump promised a quick appointment of a new chief to the agency following the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey last week.
Lieberman, a Democratic turned Independent senator for Connecticut who retired in 2013, was Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 election.
Trump met with the former Senator on Wednesday, and the two “bonded,” according to a source quoted by Politico.
The president plans on making the announcement before the Friday departure for his first foreign trip, and is “leaning towards the former Connecticut senator.”
The Politico story notes the “pick would be an unorthodox one – the FBI is not usually run by politicians. Additionally, Lieberman is 75 years old, and FBI directors are typically appointed to serve 10-year terms.”
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