White House floats former Sen. Joe Lieberman for FBI director

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Last Updated May 18, 2017 3:29 PM EDT

President Trump is considering former senator Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, as a candidate for the position of FBI Director, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday.

The Trump administration is eager to fill the vacant position after former director James Comey was suddenly fired last week. Mr. Trump said the search for a new FBI director is "moving rapidly." According to the White House, Trump was scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon with the former Democrat. 

Mr. Trump, asked on Thursday if Lieberman is a top contender for FBI director, said, "He is."

Lieberman served as Connecticut's attorney general prior to winning his senate seat in 1988, but has no previous FBI experience. He was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, but lost his primary in 2006 and returned to the Senate as an independent. He retired from office in 2012. During the 2016 presidential election, he endorsed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump is also considering former Republican Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI official Richard McFeely.

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