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Report: Joe Lieberman Is Trump’s Leading Choice for FBI Director

This report [1] on the leading contender to be the next FBI Director should be a joke, but it isn’t:

Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is the frontrunner to be named FBI director, according to several White House officials and advisers.

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.

It’s not clear what qualifies Lieberman to head any law enforcement agency, much less one as important as the FBI. Even if Lieberman had the qualifications to head a major federal law enforcement agency, his record is full of instances where he has favored expanding surveillance and trampling on civil liberties in the name of security. That record alone should make us wary of letting Trump install him in this position. But another important problem with a Lieberman nomination is that he is senior counsel at a law firm [2] that Trump has routinely used in the past:

Having left the Senate in 2013, Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, is now senior counsel at the firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, which has offices in nine cities.

The firm has represented Trump in matters for years.

One of the firm’s partners has been called Trump’s “go-to guy,” and the firm is well-known for its connections to Trump:

“In the past, people knew Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman as a firm that was full of ‘superior legal minds,’” Staci Zaretsky of the legal news website Above The Law wrote in March, referencing a quote from a 2011 lawsuit against the firm. “These days, people know Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman as a firm with close ties to President Donald Trump, with two name partners deeply entrenched in his regime.” [bold mine-DL]

On the face of it, the fact that Trump is seriously considering installing someone from this firm as FBI Director looks shady. Lieberman is already a strange pick for the position, and his employment at a Trump-connected law firm would make his selection even more questionable. The fact that Trump reportedly prefers Lieberman over other, obviously more qualified candidates, including the current acting director, should make everyone view a Lieberman nomination with extreme skepticism.

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16 Comments To "Report: Joe Lieberman Is Trump’s Leading Choice for FBI Director"

#1 Comment By Fred Bowman On May 18, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

Guess Trump figures he’ll have Lieberman’s “Loyality”.

#2 Comment By Startled On May 18, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

I don’t believe it. I really don’t.

Lieberman running the FBI would be the straw that broke this camel’s back.

#3 Comment By Patrick D On May 18, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

Well, that explains the reports of McCain’s anti-impeachment noises in the last 24 hours.

The amigos ride again!

#4 Comment By David Naas On May 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Some Trump supporters will say, “He’s reaching across Party lines.”
Others will note how the swamp drain is clogged and is backing up.
The alt-right will observe their former useful idiot is wanting someone who only works 24/6.
That sound of great drops of water hitting the pavement is from the tears of the Republicans formerly known as its “Leadership”
That vast howling is from the belly of the Outrage-aholic Nation.
That popping sound is me, making more popcorn.

#5 Comment By collin On May 18, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

And Joe Liberman is the most hated Democrat ex-Senator alive. Really he was a staunch supporter of the Iraq and campaigned against Barack Obama*. And he has been out of the government for awhile and have no idea what makes him a good candidate. Even his current contacts with Donald Trump is a concern here.

*(I bet Democrat Primaries in 2018 & 2020 will have a Obama-Off contest between candidates in most states.)

#6 Comment By out of the frying pan On May 18, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

I would be pretty surprised if Lieberman hadn’t cropped up in ongoing FBI investigations or NSA monitoring of Israeli espionage.

After Flynn, I doubt Trump would do something so patently stupid. Does he really want to go straight from “he sold us out to Russia” to “he sold us out to Israel”?

#7 Comment By Uncle Billy On May 18, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

A strange choice, but I suppose Lieberman would be “loyal” to Trump and thus the best candidate. Also, he is willing to accept the job.

#8 Comment By EarlyBird On May 18, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

It’s as if Trump is just baiting the world at this point.

#9 Comment By a spencer On May 18, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

The Deepest State. Thanks, Trump!

#10 Comment By Hyperion On May 18, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

re: Joe Liberman is the most hated Democrat ex-Senator alive

By Dems, it must be emphasized. I always thought he was a closet GOPer. And assumed he must be loved by the Rs because of how much the Dems hate him.

#11 Comment By sglover On May 18, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

CT Dems booted Lieberman in a 2008 primary. During that primary campaign Obama gave an early sign of how useless and timid he would prove to be, by lining up **with** Lieberman, against Lamont.

I don’t really see how minor matters like qualifications should bar Lieberman from heading the FBI. Other than bagman and water-carrier, what qualifications has Lieberman **ever** brought to any office he’s held? And water-carrying bagmen are pretty much the only “professionals” who can survive in the new, modern Republican Party.

#12 Comment By R.S. Rogers On May 18, 2017 @ 6:22 pm

Lieberman was briefly a state attorney general thirty-plus years ago. So, you know, it’s really hard to imagine anyone more perfectly qualified to run the twenty-first-century FBI. In addition, he’s 75 years old, so the ideal candidate for a ten-year term in one of the busiest and most round-the-clock demanding jobs in Washington. Top-notch HR operation the White House is running.

Also, as Comey’s tenure illustrated, the one thing Americans and members of Congress from both parties can agree on is that the leadership of the FBI ought to be more political, and less grounded in law-enforcement professionalism.

#13 Comment By Charlie Kelly On May 18, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

If Lieberman is the worst possible choice for the appointment, and he is, that explains why it was made.

Trump finds competence threatening.

#14 Comment By Patrick D On May 18, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

“Does he really want to go straight from “he sold us out to Russia” to “he sold us out to Israel””

So Trump is falling in line with Congress and there will be bipartisan delight.

#15 Comment By EliteCommInc. On May 19, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

No one has referenced his role in developing the PA.

Here’s what I find interesting. More than the people who oppose him, I have more issues with his policy prescriptions. In multiple arenas he is exactly what liberals like.

I cannot help but think this is personal. I have no idea why he selected Sen. Lieberman, well some ideas, but I still don’t see the threat to democracy.

#16 Comment By MEOW On May 21, 2017 @ 11:12 am

Is this the price he must pay to stop Deep Government impeaching him? Lieberman would be a disaster.