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.

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  1. Trump should not select Joe Lieberman. The fact that Lieberman is among the top four choices is disturbing and would be viewed as betrayal of the voters who believed Trump when he said he would drain the swamp. Lieberman is a wimpy flip flopper career politician and yes he supported HRC in 2016. Trump needs to stay on task and stay ahead of the Obama regime that is still wielding it’s non deserved power. Face it America. Obama became a “dictator”- the first in American history and he is still in power. Those of us who speculated Obama would not go quietly were correct. The reign of dictator Obama is not over and will not be over until the criminal Obama is arrested and prosecuted for Treason.

  2. Joe Lieberman voted to let Clinton off the hook by saying that The charges against Bill Clinton (perjury and obstruction of justice) did not rise to the level of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”. (NOT a Great choice for FBI director in my book).