Lieberman was the Vice President nominee for the Democratic Party, as Al Gore’s running mate, in 2000.
Senior administration officials have told others in the last 12 hours that Trump is expected to pick Lieberman to replace FBI director James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump last week.
Trump may announce his decision tomorrow:
A person familiar with Wednesday’s meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman, and the president left leaning towards the former Connecticut senator, who retired in 2013. Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip.
Consideration for Lieberman is leading some to question his age and political pedigree:
The pick would be an unorthodox one – the FBI is not usually run by politicians. Additionally, Lieberman is 75 years old, and FBI directors are typically appointed to serve 10-year terms.
News of the pick has already brought a mixed response, even among Democrats:
At a lunch with Democratic senators Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin and others criticized the pick, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
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But Lieberman is respected by many Democrats and Republicans alike in the Senate.