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Following in the decision of many others, and evidently not wanting to add to the chaos of the Trump administration, former Sen. Joe Lieberman has taken his name out of the running to replace former FBI Director James Comey, who was removed from his post weeks ago.
Lieberman, at least before his announcement, was reportedly a front runner for the position, but has now decided to remove himself from the list of contenders, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
The former Senator from Connecticut is currently working for the same law firm as Marc Kasowitz, who was recently added to a team of personal attorney’s representing the President with regard to the investigations of Russian intrusion into the 2016 election.
“I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner,” Mr. Lieberman wrote in the letter dated Wednesday, reported the WSJ.
Lieberman was, reportedly, appreciative of the “possibility of being nominated” as FBI director.
The WSJ explains that the White House has not returned a request for comment regarding Liberman’s decision.
According to the WSJ, the main contenders left for the position are: Current acting Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI official Richard McFeely, former Oklahoma Republican Gov. Frank Keating, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).