Joe Lieberman

Lieberman Withdraws from Consideration as FBI Director

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, once a leading contender for FBI director, “withdrew himself from consideration for the post in a letter to President Donald Trump, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The former Connecticut senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate works at the same law firm as Marc Kasowitz, whom Mr. Trump retained earlier this week to serve on a team of private attorneys representing him in the broad special-counsel probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.”

McCain Recommended Lieberman for Defense Secretary

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) should be the next defense secretary, the Washington Post reports.

McCain added that he did “not think his close pal, the former senator from Connecticut, a Democrat turned Independent, would be considered for the job. (After all, he did endorse McCain over Obama in ’08.)”