Three of the four candidates mentioned Wednesday were not among those names initially reported to be under consideration, with the DOJ conducting interviews with seven additional candidates over the weekend. He led the bureau's Washington field office, one of its most prestigious posts, and was the deputy director from January 2016 until Mr. Comey's departure.
Still, it's hard to imagine Trump considers Lieberman a viable candidate for the job.
The four potential choices Trump will talk to Thursday are McCabe, Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.
Sen. John McCain Thursday called on President Donald Trump to pick former Sen.
"I hope I don't nix his chances here, but I hope that the president would select Joe", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about his good friend Lieberman, 75, who served as the independent senator from CT from 1989 through 2013. Keating, 73, served as Oklahoma governor from 1995 to 2003, and oversaw the state's response to the Oklahoma City federal-building bombing in 1995.
Keating said afterward that he'd had a "good conversation".
When asked if he'd take the position, Leiberman said he'd "rather not say". Anything less will call Trump's decision to fire Comey further into question, and raise even more concerns about the ability of the FBI to investigate properly.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote at the time, excerpts of which leaked to reporters on Tuesday. "It's very important however that Director Comey come before the Congress as soon as possible", said Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ).
That firing has sparked heated questions from members of Congress in both parties who have called for a closer look into why Comey was sacked and whether it was tied to the Russian Federation investigation.
The White House has provided no set timeline for the process of replacing Comey.
Gore and Lieberman narrowly lost the disputed 2000 election to Republican George W. Bush, and the CT senator mounted his own unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2004.