A FORMER POLITICIAN, OR SOMEONE ELSE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 19, 2017) — At approximately 12:18 p.m. EDT, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that his contacts at the White House have said that the name of President Trump’s FBI director nominee will not be announced on Friday, as was widely anticipated.
Since the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Trump has said that the search for a replacement would proceed immediately and rapidly.
In a public statement on Thursday, Trump indicated that the nominee would be identified “soon” and confirmed that former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman was among the top four contenders.
Born in 1942, Lieberman first won election to the U.S. Senate in 1988. He served until January 2013, having not sought re-election in 2012. In 2000, he ran as a vice-presidential candidate with Al Gore but supported John McCain’s candidacy in 2008.
According to public reports, he supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Speculation was that the name would be announced prior to Trump’s departure for his first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Belgium. Details of the trip can be found here.
Trump’s wife Melania will accompany him on the trip but also participate in some separate events.
Once identified, the nominee will undergo Senate confirmation hearings.
Others besides Lieberman said to be under consideration are former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, former FBI Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch Richard McFeely, and now-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Three contenders withdrew their names from contention earlier this week.
This story was updated at 3:06 p.m. EDT.