White House says will not announce FBI director nominee on Friday

The circumstances surrounding the firing have made the appointment closely watched, with senators calling for an unimpeachable, nonpartisan appointment.

Trump also criticized Comey for his performance during a recent appearance before Congress, and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding". The firing - which occurred as Comey was investigating ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation - set off a wave of controversy that grew larger this week when Comey said Trump asked him to stop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

Though the 75-year-old has never served as a law enforcement agent or federal prosecutor, he is probably among the list of finalists, because of his support for the president on some of his freakish rhetoric's.

Asked whether the 75-year-old was a front-runner, Trump responded "yes" - confirming Lieberman's surprise candidacy. "He certainly is somebody who can stand up to folks in positions of high power, but ultimately a lot of us may like to see someone who comes from law enforcement".

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was blunter.

Lieberman was Democrat Al Gore's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.

Still, many liberals flat out don't like Lieberman.

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When Lieberman was in the Senate - first as a Democrat, later as an independent (after losing a Democratic primary) who caucused with the Democrats - he was overly close with Connecticut's drug industry and lacked concern for people who needed his help, Brown suggested. The speculation is often offered more frequently by Republicans, who often publicly support him more than some of his fellow Democrats.

In 2008, Lieberman endorsed Republican John McCain. Conveniently, his firm has previously represented Trump in legal matters.

He was one of four potential candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Trump was interviewing. The former presidential candidate met with Trump Wednesday and the Associated Press reported that he said it was a "good meeting". Two years later, he reemerged, winning a campaign for state attorney general.

The investigation is continuing under an independent Justice Department appointee.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, said Lieberman lacks law enforcement experience and is too close to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former US senator.

Also, some Democrats are skeptical about Lieberman's independence from Trump given that the two are now in an attorney-client relationship. Not because we don't respect Joe Lieberman.

The former senator was known to buck his party even before endorsing McCain. One senior Democratic aide told Politico that Lieberman's connection to Kasowitz could be an issue.

Lieberman is a devout follower of Orthodox Judaism.

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