Ex-Connecticut senator named front-runner for FBI job

Posted: Updated:
NORWALK -

A former Connecticut senator is vying for the FBI director job and interviewed for the position earlier this week.

Joe Lieberman was a Connecticut senator for 14 years and still lives in Stamford. He was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 presidential election, but many Democrats are still wary about making him FBI director.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that Lieberman is the front-runner. All eyes are on this pick because the FBI is investigating the president's campaign, his aides, and their ties to Russia.

News 12 has learned that Lieberman also works for a law firm that represents President Trump.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday that he would prefer someone from a law background not politics for the job.

However, Sacred Heart University political analyst Gary Rose said Lieberman's political independence could be good for the FBI.

“[Leiberman] does what he feels is right, irrespective of public pressure," he said.

News 12 has recently updated to a brand new version of our iOS and Android apps.  If you don’t have auto updates enabled on your devices, head to the App Store or Google Play Store to update to the latest version.  This will ensure you keep getting up-to-date local news, traffic and weather information.

  • Connecticut PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • News

    Spicer abruptly resigns: Big shake-up for Trump press shop

    Spicer abruptly resigns: Big shake-up for Trump press shop

    Friday, July 21 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-07-21 21:26:40 GMT
    Spicer resigns as White House press secretarySpicer resigns as White House press secretary

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

  • Veterans push for protective federal foreclosure laws

    Veterans push for protective federal foreclosure laws

    Sunday, July 16 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-07-16 16:45:09 GMT

    Veterans gathered Sunday to show their support for a federal law that would offer certain protections to vets facing foreclosure. 

    Veterans gathered Sunday to show their support for a federal law that would offer certain protections to vets facing foreclosure. 

  • News

    Experts speculate on who will succeed Gov. Malloy

    Experts speculate on who will succeed Gov. Malloy

    Experts are speculating who will replace Gov. Dannel Malloy after he announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in office.Experts are speculating who will replace Gov. Dannel Malloy after he announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in office.

    Experts are speculating who will replace Gov. Dannel Malloy after he announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in office.

    Experts are speculating who will replace Gov. Dannel Malloy after he announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in office.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."