Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

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Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

Lieberman served as Connecticut's USA senator for 24 years, retiring in 2013.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Comey is expected to testify before the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday. Ryan said Congress "can't deal with speculation and innuendo" and m. The veteran Federal Bureau of Investigation official made headlines for congressional testimony last week that rejected the White House's claim that Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file agents. The firm represented Trump in his lawsuit against journalist Tim O'Brien, for example, who claimed in his book "Trump Nation" that the real estate developer's net worth was at most $250 million, not the billions he claimed. Mr. Lieberman, 75 years old, served as attorney general in CT before his election to the Senate in 1988, but has no federal law-enforcement experience, unlike past FBI directors.

Speaking to reporters today, Trump said the longtime Connecticut Senator is the "frontrunner" to replace James Comey, who was sacked last week by the President. In January, he said he wasn't surprised that Trump delivered on his campaign promise to restrict the travel of people from some terrorism hotspots to the US.

Lieberman defeated Republican incumbent Lowell Weicker in 1988 and served as a senator from CT until 2013.

But calmness seemed far off.

"This is a moment where we need a law enforcement professional that's never campaigned for a presidential candidate, never campaigned for office, never worn a party label to head the FBI", McCaskill said.

The meetings come a day after news broke that Trump allegedly asked Comey in February to drop the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Did he in fact collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

He later reiterated: "There was no collusion, and everybody - even my enemies have said, there is no collusion".

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

"Believe me - there's no collusion".

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said. Comey was overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russia's role in the presidential election, including ties between Russian government officials and Trump associates.

"Many FBI directors have been intensely political without having been in public office or run for elective office, " Looney told The Courant.

The circumstances surrounding the firing have made the appointment closely watched, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment. Trump fired Comey last week.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said. The president has suggested he hopes to name Comey's successor before he departs Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

Lieberman endorsed Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. If Senate Republicans would be satisfied with a 52-48 floor vote, they could have backed John Cornyn or Kelly Ayotte for the job.

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