Trump to meet four candidates for Federal Bureau of Investigation director: Spicer

Joe Lieberman is among Trump's top choices for the job. Trump responded, "He is".

Joe Lieberman has emerged as the front-runner, according to a senior White House official.

Justice Department officials say president Trump is meeting with candidates Wednesday. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. takes questions from reporters at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Trump leaves Friday afternoon on his first overseas trip as president, a four-country, five-stop tour that will keep him out of Washington for more than a week.

Trump later said in an interview he made a decision to fire Comey because the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was a "show boat" and a "grandstander". The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates.

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another move to settle the waters.

"Marc's always been a guy you go to when you have complex, intricate legal problems", Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten told the Wall Street Journal in a January article about Kasowitz.

There was, Trump said, "zero" collusion with Russian Federation, and he wants to get back to the business of being president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready". Lieberman was also former Vice President Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election.

Since leaving the Senate, Lieberman has been a senior counsel at the NY law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and serves on a number of boards. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Along with former Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Lieberman helps lead the political group No Labels, an organization aimed at promoting bipartisanism. Keating was the governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003.

Lieberman spoke with various Bush advisers, including then-chief of staff Andrew Card and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, about the position before he finally chose to remain in the Senate. In congressional testimony last week, he notably said that he has seen "no effort to impede our investigation to date".

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