A pair of top Republican senators on Thursday heaped praise on former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), President Trump’s top choice to become FBI director.
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump’s nonsensical defense budget just adds to government waste GOP senators praise Lieberman for FBI directorMcCain, Feinstein tell Turkey to hold guards accountable after DC brawlMORE (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Lieberman “outstanding.”
“I hope he gets chosen. He has great respect and affection from both sides of the aisle,” McCain said after leaving a closed-door meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
McCain also reportedly said “screw them” when discussing Democratic lawmakers who oppose or plan to oppose Lieberman.
.@senjohnmccain to me now: “Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Dem. colleagues combined. So screw them. And u can quote me.”
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) May 18, 2017
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators praise Lieberman for FBI directorTrump ‘very close’ to picking new FBI chief, leaning toward LiebermanSasse dominates Twitter with Schumer photo, ‘reefer’ captionMORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, reportedly called Lieberman “universally well-respected” and “probably the only person who can get 100 votes in the Senate.”
Cornyn was on the president’s short list to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey, but took himself out of consideration earlier this week.
Sen. Cornyn calls Joe Lieberman “universally well respected,” and about the only @FBI nom who could get 100 votes in the Senate
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) May 18, 2017
Sen. Cornyn: Joe Lieberman “probably the only person who can get 100 votes in the Senate.” pic.twitter.com/mg4hZnNuno
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) May 18, 2017
Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillGOP senators praise Lieberman for FBI directorSenate Dems: Deputy AG knew Comey was being removed before writing memoTrump: Special counsel appointment ‘hurts the country’MORE (D-Mo.) said she thought appointing Lieberman would be a “mistake.”
“It’s a mistake to nominate anyone who’s ever run for office,” she told reporters.
Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, with lawmakers from both parties questioning the timing of the dismissal.
Comey was leading the FBI’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia before he was dismissed.
On Wednesday, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mark Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference into the presidential election.
Rosenstein’s decision came after lawmakers called for an independent counsel to oversee the investigation following Comey’s dismissal.
Trump told reporters Thursday he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director, indicating that Lieberman is his top choice.
The former Democratic-turned-Independent senator previously served as attorney general of Connecticut before entering Congress.
“I’m very close to choosing an FBI director,” Trump reportedly told television news anchors at a private White House lunch Thursday morning.
Lieberman currently works at the New York-based law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, where Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz also works.