Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is no longer the front-runner to become the next FBI director, CNN reported Wednesday.
President Trump said last week he was “very close” to choosing a replacement for James Comey, whom he abruptly fired as director, and indicated the former Democratic vice presidential nominee was his top pick.
But the president has decided he wants to see a broader list of candidates, an administration official told CNN.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lieberman is a partner at the same law firm as Marc Kasowitz, whom Trump is expected to retain to lead a team of private attorneys to represent him in the federal investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
The official said Lieberman’s ties to the firm did not affect Trump’s decision.