Joe Lieberman, former longtime Senator from Connecticut, has emerged as a leading candidate for FBI Director, per multiple reports.
Lieberman’s resume a rarity, in more ways than one:
The news comes as something of a surprise, as Lieberman’s resume has little in common with that of past FBI directors:
- He has no federal law enforcement experience.
- He has openly run for office. No elected official has ever led the FBI.
- He is senior counsel for a law firm that has represented Trump on matters as recently last year.
Supporters cite Lieberman’s – a former Democrat turned Independent – connections:
The nominee for FBI Director is expected to be announced soon, as President Trump has said he is looking to resolve the process before his trip abroad this Friday.
Whoever the nominee, he or she is likely to face almost unprecedented scrutiny in their confirmation hearings before a hyper-partisan, bitterly divided Senate.
Lieberman, supporters say, might bridge that divide: After losing in the Democratic primary in 2006, Lieberman was later re-elected as an Independent. He is, by most accounts, a career politician, possessed with an independence of mind cited by both supporters and detractors.
“Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Democratic colleagues combined. So screw them. And you can quote me,” said Senator John McCain.
The issue, of course, is whether or not a career politician ought to be nominated for FBI Director – a position ideally defined by work above-the-fray, and without political interference.
Serious note, guys: People are asking me what I think of Joe Lieberman for FBI Director. Here's what I think. (1)
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) May 18, 2017
Cornyn, Gowdy, Fisher withdraw from consideration:
A series of rumored candidates – including Sen. John Cornyn(considered Trump’s top choice), Rep. Trey Gowdy (interviewed at the behest of Jeff Sessions), and ex-assistant AG Alice Fisher – have withdrawn from consideration for the post.