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>>

  • Trump renews Afghan commitment but says 'no blank check'

    Trump renews Afghan commitment but says 'no blank check'

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-08-21 22:55:06 GMT
    Monday, August 21 2017 10:26 PM EDT2017-08-22 02:26:27 GMT

    Declaring the U.S. will win "in the end," President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to keep American troops fighting in Afghanistan despite his earlier inclination to withdraw.

    Declaring the U.S. will win "in the end," President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to keep American troops fighting in Afghanistan despite his earlier inclination to withdraw.

  • News

    North Korea issues warning as U.S., South Korea prepare for drills

    North Korea issues warning as U.S., South Korea prepare for drills

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:43 AM EDT2017-08-21 10:43:09 GMT
    North Korea issues warning as U.S., South Korea prepare for drillsNorth Korea issues warning as U.S., South Korea prepare for drills

    North Korea issues a new warning as the U.S. and South Korea prepare for military drills.

    North Korea issues a new warning as the U.S. and South Korea prepare for military drills.

  • News

    Gov. Malloy: 85 school systems will not get state funding

    Gov. Malloy: 85 school systems will not get state funding

    Friday, August 18 2017 5:05 PM EDT2017-08-18 21:05:00 GMT

    Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Friday that 85 school systems will not receive any state funding without a budget in place.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Friday that 85 school systems will not receive any state funding without a budget in place.

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."