On Thursday afternoon, both Politico and CNN reported on the latest chapter in the FBI leadership story. According to their reports, former U.S. senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the “frontrunner” to become the new FBI Director. Lieberman would replace James Comey, who was fired last week.
According to the Politico report, President Donald Trump “bonded with Lieberman” during the selection process, and it doesn't appear “that anyone else is the favorite” at the moment. Shortly after that piece went up, CNN's Jake Tapper and the New York Times's Glenn Thrush tweeted that Trump confirmed the story during a meeting with reporters in the Oval Office:
Earlier, during a lunch with television news anchors, Trump was hesitant to name the frontrunner. It appears that he made the calls to confirm that Lieberman was in the proverbial driver's seat after reports had already circulated publicly.
The White House declined to comment to Politico, while Lieberman's office had not yet replied as of the publication of its story.
Lieberman's past law enforcement experience would mainly come from his time as Connecticut Attorney General from 1983 to 1989. He also had three terms as the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.