Lieberman, a former independent senator from CT, ran on a ticket with Democrat Al Gore in 2000, but they were defeated by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Trump and Sessions also interviewed former Oklahoma Gov.
The Vermont Independent said Friday the next Federal Bureau of Investigation chief should be someone who isn't perceived as a political pick, the Washington Examiner reported. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner. The president fired Comey, who had held the position since 2013, last Tuesday and has been considering candidates for Comey's replacement since then. Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip. He has said he could name a director before he departs.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday afternoon that Trump was scheduled to meet with the four candidates.
Asked if Lieberman was one of his top candidates, Trump said: "He is".
McCabe became acting director following Comey's dismissal on May 9. "It's special", Trump said later at a joint news conference with Santos. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and even you could say directly or indirectly with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign", he said. And he speculated that a Lieberman nomination would split the chamber.
He was first elected to the Senate in 1988.
Several other candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC and Sen.
"Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials".
Lieberman spent most of his political career as a Democrat, but endorsed Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian interference into the election.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment "astonishing and extremely troubling".
The 75-year-old former congressman, who would be hired to serve a 10-year term, is well-liked among both Democrats and Republicans, according to Politico, although CNN notes that he is not particularly popular among Democratic voters, as he lost a Senate primary in 2006, the last time he ran as a liberal. Lieberman testified in support of Sessions at his January confirmation hearing. Lieberman was Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and ran for president himself in 2004. Lieberman was a Democrat before changing party affiliations to Independent. "John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee".style="text-align: center;"