Trump likes to throw out a lot of names when he’s considering front runners for a new position. Lieberman wasn’t even on the short list when the first round of possible FBI candidates were announced.
Remember all the speculation over his VP pick?
Independent Journal Review has the details on the Lieberman story:
… former U.S. senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the “frontrunner” to become the new FBI Director. Lieberman would replace James Comey, who was fired last week.
According to the Politico report, President Donald Trump “bonded with Lieberman” during the selection process, and it doesn’t appear “that anyone else is the favorite” at the moment. Shortly after that piece went up, CNN’s Jake Tapper and the New York Times’s Glenn Thrush tweeted that Trump confirmed the story during a meeting with reporters in the Oval Office:
POTUS says he is close to a decision on FBI Director, and said yes when asked if Joe Lieberman was his top choice.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 18, 2017
In Oval just now, Trump said Joe Lieberman is among his final picks for FBI and says he plans to make a decision very soon
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) May 18, 2017
Surprisingly enough, Politico reports Senate Democrats don’t want Lieberman:
Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn and opposition to some of President Barack Obama’s agenda late in his Senate career. Others say even though they respect Lieberman, the FBI director should not be a former politician. And all Democratic senators interviewed for this story said the former Connecticut senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post.
The 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate, who later caucused with the party as an independent in the Senate after losing his 2006 Senate primary, has emerged as a front-runner to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. But Lieberman’s nomination would likely produce the most partisan vote for an FBI chief in Senate history. Typically, nominees for the job have been approved unanimously or with token opposition.
This should be enough to keep conservatives, liberals, media and anyone else buzzing for a day or two while Trump chooses someone, possinly Lieberman. He could still surprise everyone by picking someone else though.