President Trump is moving quickly to replace fired FBI director James Comey, and four candidates have emerged at the top of the heap.
This week, Trump interviewed former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman; acting FBI director Andrew McCabe; former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating; and former FBI executive assistant director Richard McFeely.
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was considered a heavy favorite among Trump’s base, but withdrew from consideration, saying he’s not the right person for the job.
Insiders have reportedly urged Trump to consider a non-politician to fill the top FBI job because a politician—whether Republican or Democrat—would have trouble getting Senate confirmation given the toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill these days.
The media won’t be thrilled with someone like Joe Lieberman, who’s considered the front-runner. Lieberman was a Democrat before changing party affiliations to Independent. He was Al Gore‘s vice presidential running mate in 2000 and retired from the Senate in 2012.
Joe Lieberman is also raising eyebrows as a proponent of criminal investigations of media outlets that publish classified information stemming from illegal hacking. This type of vigilance against illegal press leaks may be welcome news for President Trump, whose administration has been dogged by damaging internal leaks.
Meanwhile, the FBI continues its investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, even though no evidence has emerged to date. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz called the Trump/Russia narrative a canard pushed by Democrats and anti-Trump media.
“Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute?” Chaffetz asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “I haven’t seen that … If you try to go even an inch deep into what sort of evidence that they have, they got nothing — nothing.”
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