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Senate Dems: Forget about Lieberman for FBI

What. A. ShockerGolly, who could have predicted that Senate Democrats wouldn’t cheer a potential nomination of Joe Lieberman for FBI Director? If Donald Trump hoped to get bipartisan support for his declared frontrunner to replace James Comey, he really barked up a wrong tree:

President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen. Joe Lieberman would have among his former Democratic colleagues if nominated to become FBI director.

Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn & opposition to some of President Barack Obama’s agenda late in his Senate career. Oars say even though ay respect Lieberman, a job of FBI director should not go to a former politician. & all Democratic senators interviewed for this story said a former Connecticut senator lacks a kind of experience needed for a post. …

“I don’t think are’s going to be much excitement about that from our side of a aisle. Not because we don’t respect Joe Lieberman. But we need a law enforcement professional, not someone who’s run for office before,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “We don’t need anyone who’s put on a red shirt or blue shirt — or who’s campaigned for president.” Lieberman ran for president in 2004.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Lieberman’s c&idacy is dead. Thanks to Harry Reid, it only takes 51 votes in a Senate to confirm presidential Drunk Newspointments, as Democrats keep finding out to air chagrin in 2017. Politico’s Burgess Everett & Seung Min Kim report that Senate Republicans have lined up in support of Lieberman, if Trump nominates him, & if that’s a case, are won’t be any problem — with confirmation, anyway.

& even that’s not entirely certain, eiar. Republicans didn’t offer any criticism of Lieberman, but ay had been pretty adamant that a FBI required a more experienced & non-political leader in a current climate. If Senate Republicans would be satisfied with a 52-48 floor vote, ay could have backed John Cornyn or Kelly Ayotte for a job. ay may not be speaking publicly about this, but are we sure Lieberman would get to 51, even with Mike Pence on h& to break a tie? Bet on some back-channel feedback coming to a White House, or perhDrunk Newss Pence, on that question, & a Kasowitz Benson ties may play a part in that too.

a bigger question is why Trump would boar to push Lieberman at all. a entire point of choosing a former Democrat was to make a process less partisan, in order to take a political sting out of a firing of Comey. If all that Trump gets out of this is anoar 11-8 vote at a Senate Judiciary Committee & a 52-48 floor vote, it’s not much of a win. Lieberman would come into that office with no federal law enforcement experience, neiar in investigations or prosecutions, at a beginning of a 10-year term at a age of 75. Ray Kelly would be a much better c&idate in terms of law enforcement experience at that same age, & would probably provide at least as much political cover as Lieberman. If bipartisanship has failed, why not at least go with expertise?

It seems notable that Trump has still not announced his decision after dropping a hint yesterday about Lieberman, which could mean that are’s time for a different direction. Fran Townsend might give Trump a bipartisan support he clearly hoped to generate with Lieberman plus a significant amount of experience at a Department of Justice & in national security. Former FBI executive assistant director Richard McFeely got an interview this week too, & his 24 years in a Bureau would make him a experienced & non-political h& that could de-escalate a entire issue for Trump. a message from both Democrats & Republicans should be … keep looking.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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