Joe Lieberman Likely To Be Named FBI Director

Politico reports:

Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is the front-runner to be named FBI director, according to several White House officials and advisers. Senior administration officials have told others in the last 12 hours that Trump is expected to pick Lieberman to replace FBI director James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump last week.

A person familiar with Wednesday’s meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman, and the president left leaning towards the former Connecticut senator, who retired in 2013. Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip.

  • Nominated, perhaps. Doesn’t guarantee confirmation.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      …Senate collegiality

      • safari

        That died years ago.

        • Yixing’s Fluffer

          Not the deference to former Senators, sadly. I can see Manchin and Heitkamp voting for Lieberman.

          • Adam King

            And McCain will pant and lick his face.

          • Uncle Mark

            Won’t that upset Lindseybelle? I can hear the hissing already

      • LovesIrony

        Like senator Clinton?

    • Uncle Mark

      Neither Dems nor Reps respect him. Good luck with the confirmation /s

  • The_Wretched

    Lieberman is a horrible person. He’ll fit right in with the rest of the Trump cronies. As for justice and fairness? Nope, no credibility there. His appointment to VP/running mate to Gore was what nailed my break from the national level Democrats.

    • kcken

      Well, he does have to be confirmed. I think he’s screwed over enough people in DC that hopefully he gets blocked.

      * might be wishful thinking on my part*

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    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Another “independent”

    • stanhope

      Jared behind this one

      • The_Wretched

        Jared might find himself out with bannon in the doghouse in the yard at this rate.

      • saucetin

        Jared in the Subway way

  • is this good or bad?

    • Bad. Lieberman is a corrupt political hack with ZERO relevant experience.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Lieberman falls into the category of Proven Whore.

      • UrsusArctos

        ^^^THIS

    • Rambie

      bad I think.

    • The_Wretched

      Bad, he said the Democrats didn’t love him enough by only having him as Gore’s running mate instead of as the party pick. He’s an utter weasel and purchasable.

      • Uncle Mark

        I remember when he showed up at the GOP Convention in 2008 to support his buddy McCain…being more than happy to fuck over the Democrats for primarying him earlier. The Republicans still thought he was a joke…still referring to him as “Loser-man.” I would think that Cheeto would at least pick someone liked or respected by Republicans. Even Cheeto’s base will question this.

        • Adam King

          Both parties have reason to be contemptuous of this asshole. Maybe he’s not confirmable.

    • UrsusArctos

      Good if you want a low rent yes man heading the FBI. If there’s a hell, Lieberman has a special spot reserved. He is a prime example of a DINO who enabled some of the nastiest GOP crap to happen when he was in a position to stop it, claiming “bipartisanship”. In his case it was buy-partisanship. He also helped kill single payer healthcare because his wife was a registered lobbyist for PHARMA.

    • Cuberly

      Bad, he’s an Israel above all else sorta guy. Worked tirelessly against the Iran deal. Is a hard core anti-muslim. He’s also a Fox darling.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26f139fcb8d643374d7a2fb783917402520a2daf7b1233b10cf91f0a246620f2.jpg

      • Hue-Man

        That was my first reaction – “FBI shifts all resources to hunt down Muslims.”

  • safari

    And his qualification is…?

    • None.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      He’s “bonded” with Trump. Kind of like how dog poo bonds to the tread of my shoe when I step in it.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Swampy.

    • evanedwards

      Great question.

    • Todd20036

      He’s an “independent”

    • Rex

      Works for the law firm that handles Trump’s civil cases.
      So, he’s a proven ass-kisser.

    • kaydenpat

      Trump likes him.

    • Ninja0980

      He works for the law firm representing Trump.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Once you buy him, he stay’s bought. Claims to be a Dem. Has a shady wife who steals from breast cancer charities. He’s Jewish so he gives them some cover with Israel. His voice is even more annoying than Kelly Anne’s.

    • CJAS

      He works for the law firm that handles most of Trump’s civil suits?

    • LovesIrony

      he stabbed obama in the back

  • Do Something Nice

    Oh Jesus, I hate this fuck. Is he still a homophobe?

    • TampaDink

      I’m not sure. Based on Wikipedia (which I know is not always reliable) he’s not.
      Lieberman is a supporter of abortion rights and of the rights of gays and lesbians to adopt children, to be protected with hate crime legislation, and to serve openly in the military.

    • j.martindale

      His signing onto the McCain campaign and his opposition to healthcare reform killed him for me.

    • ted-

      “But, will he rake Trump across the coals?”

    • JoeMyGod

      I can’t remember what exactly he’d done that day, but I once flipped him the bird as he got into a cab in midtown. He smiled and flipped one back. Had to respect that, actually.

      • Do Something Nice

        He also quoted Bob Dylan when he was selected to be Gore’s VP. All this makes him a bigger POS because he’s politics first.

    • Adam King

      Of course he is.

  • Kelly Lape

    Jews for Hitler vs. Lieberman for Trump…

    Okay this makes sense.

  • RyanInIllinois
  • The GOP is probably assuming that because there’s now a Special Counsel, they’re off the hook here. Democrats had promised to hold up any nomination until there was an independent investigation, and now there is one. But you better believe the Dems will grill him over whether Trump made him pledge a loyalty oath, what will happen if Trump fires Mueller, etc.

    • The_Wretched

      I’ll be shocked if Liberman didn’t promise loyalty in return for $$ going to him or someone or a group he loves.

    • Treant

      I think I read yesterday that Trump cannot, in this one case, fire Mueller–but I don’t know if that’s correct or not.

      • TampaDink

        According to some of the guests that Rachel interviewed last night, hair furor CAN fire Mueller….but I hope to fuck he doesn’t.

        • YF up there is correct: Trump can’t fire Mueller directly. He can, however, start running through the line of succession in the DoJ until he has an acting AG (not subject to Sessions’ recusal) who’ll do it.

          Then we’re in full-on Nixon territory.

        • Treant

          Then shenanigans. At that point, he’s more or less admitting guilt, and I’m sure the Republicans in Congress have pointed that out to him in private. 🙂

          • TampaDink

            This is true.

      • Yixing’s Fluffer

        He can’t, but he can sack Rosenstein and the next person in charge could fire Mueller.

        • Treant

          Which would just deepen the surety that Trump is playing games and force Congress to appoint a new (or the same) prosecutor with some job protections. 🙂

    • bkmn

      And if you have a Rethug Rep or Senator don’t let up on calling/emailing them. Keep the heat on them.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      Or, “tell us a little about your bullshit, do-nothing, scam artist ‘Third Way’ crap.”

    • kaydenpat

      They should grill him about the fact that he works for a law firm which represents Trump in civil actions.

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  • Natty Enquirer

    Let the mewling begin!

  • Treant

    Good, that should get rid of him fairly quickly.

  • Dirk Prophet

    An ideolog as Director of the FBI will mean an ideological FBI.

    • bkmn

      He is a perfect fit for Sessy’s DOJ.

  • bkmn

    Note that Lieberman works for the law firm that handles most of Trump’s civil law cases.

    • Bryan

      Loyalty.

    • Highmoremotel

      That explains a lot.

      • JCF

        LOLZ at your avatar!

    • kaydenpat

      Democrats should bring that up as a conflict of interest even if there’s not much they can do since it’s an appointment.

      • j.martindale

        I think some Rethugs will balk at a ten year appointment of a sleazebag to such a sensitive position. But, then again, I have been surprised before by the lack of judgment of these people.

  • Stogiebear

    Is there ANYONE in this administration who isn’t already collecting Social Security?

    • MT YVR

      I was JUST thinking that…

    • Lazycrockett

      75 year old. Hope to hell I have better things to do at that age.

      • UrsusArctos

        It’s the $$. Joe has always been about the $$. He worked to kill single payer healthcare because the wife was a PHARMA lobbyist.

        • Adam King

          And the fame. Lieberman is one conceited, narcissistic motherfucker.

          • Rex

            So, a mentor for Trump.

    • GayOldLady

      It’s incredible. This could be called the Geriatric Presidency. These people are simply too old to be in these positions and I say that as a post 70 Senior.

      • netxtown

        Obviously you are losing sight of the ‘golden years’ for these public service seniors….as in mucho gold for doing nothing (on the public’s dime). Such a deal!

      • Rex

        My goal at 75 is to day drink and swear at the TV.
        (I only do that on weekends now.)

        • GayOldLady

          My primary goal is to wake up every morning. After that I just go with the flow of whatever my body will allow me to do.

        • TuuxKabin

          Come have coffee with us. Yesterday when this 90+ heat and humidity was forecast, HisNIbs, over the rim of his coffee cup, cut his eyes to the radio and muttered, “don’t start with that shit.”

      • greenmanTN

        Just a friendly reminder, I’ve already warned you that you better not give up or we’ll have you stuffed and pretend you’re still around. 😉 So take your vitamins!

        (Actual New Orleans funeral.)

        https://i.ytimg.com/vi/swLj5frP79c/maxresdefault.jpg

        (That was supposed to be funny, BTW. My sense of humor is a little… off.)

        • GayOldLady

          I’m hanging in there honey.

          • greenmanTN

            Good.😁

            It feels like that’s about where we all are, hanging on, at times it seems by our fingernails, watching these very strange times.

            I did NOT like Reagan, GHW Bush, or Bush Jr, yet I never felt like I was living in an alternate reality, but yet now I do. Besides, we have to keep up the reputation of Tennesseeans.

            Is there a word for when you flip your finger over your lips over and over and make the crazy “burble burble burble” sound, indicating something is nuts? I’m starting to worry I might end up huddled in a padded room doing that continually if this crap isn’t over soon.

          • GayOldLady

            I’ve seen a lot in my 70+ years but this is about as bad as I’ve seen. In 1973 I’d work all day then come home at night and watch reruns of the Watergate hearings all night. My generation lived through the Cold War, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, the Civil Rights movement. Riots over Vietnam and the brutal treatment of Civil Rights activists. We had a wicked recession in the 70’s. We had severe gas shortages in the 70’s . The assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. The murders of civil rights workers.The burning of churches and synagogues. The Segregation in schools, accommodations and services. The Gay rights movement and all the misery, pain and persecution that went with it. The women’s rights movement and the issues women faced seeking parity. We’ve seen a lot, but yet this feels like the most jeopardy our country has experienced in my lifetime. But don’t despair, we will get through this too.

          • greenmanTN

            We will. The Dorothy Parker poem referencing her various suicide attempts come to mind, but it ends with “You might as well live,” which pretty much says it all. Those are the only two options, live or die, and living is its own excuse, given the alternative.

            Your history, as you describe it, encompassed some REALLY big stuff, thinking specifically of the Civil Rights movement, Feminism, and Gay Rights. Based on your statements I’m assuming I’m around 20 years younger than you are and holy shit, even within my lifetime I’m baffled by the changes I’ve seen. I remember seeing what I think was the last soldier home from Vietnam bend and kiss the tarmac at the airport, so glad to be home.

            And same-sex marriage? If you told me at age 16 that would happen within my lifetime I would have said you were delusional.

            So cheers!

          • GayOldLady

            I always remember my favorite line from The Shawshank Redemption. ” Get busy living or get busy dying”. Those are really the only choices we have and we’ve chosen living. I was grown before schools were integrated. I tried to join a lunch counter sit in while in HS and was stopped by a family member on the Nashville PD. I saw JFK on his visit to Vanderbilt in Nashville the spring before he was assassinated in 1963. I was so close I could almost touch him. I heard MLK speak in person shortly before he was assassinated in Memphis.. I watched RFK speak on TV just moments before his assassination in CA. I was still tuned in when the panic began in the ballroom immediately after he was shot. I watched on TV as Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby. And 9/11, the nightmare to end all nightmares. The Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” could be our calling card, but we will endure.

          • greenmanTN

            I was lucky in a way because despite being from Tennessee, my parents were not racists. My mother grew up dirt poor, with an alcoholic father, so the neighborhood she grew up in was integrated, poor whites and blacks, and the black families were in many cases better off than her family was.

            My dad was an engineer just one generation away from the farm, but was a very kind man, and though a product of his time and place, didn’t have a mean bone in his body. I still remember the day he landed on my cousins with both feet for using the “n-word.”

            I also remember the time my brother and I, both gay, managed to time a trip back “home” at the same time, and our dad gave us plastic squirt guns. He explained that one time he came home from work in a really bad mood and we were playing with squirt guns (sprayed him? I don’t know) and he took them away and stomped on them, breaking them. Neither my brother or I remembered this event, but he had been feeling guilty about it for 20 years and wanted to make amends by giving us squirt guns. That was the kind of man he was, and yes we ran around and squirted each other and him. To this day people will tell me about the things he did for them, like asking a single mother if he could borrow her car, then driving it to a tire store to have all the tires replaced because he was worried the tire treads were so worn down he thought it was unsafe. He didn’t ask, he just did it.

            One of the proudest moments of my life was when my mother, then in her 70s, asked if I would help her register to vote, for the first time in many years so she could vote for Obama.

          • GayOldLady

            You have beautiful memories of your parents. You’re a lucky man.

          • greenmanTN

            Yes I am and I know it.

            The major bonding event between my father and I was him taking me to the newsstand/bookstore after church (which I hated) on Sunday. He bought Western novels and porn magazines and I gathered up comic books, magazines, and paperbacks and he paid for everything without looking. He had NO idea how many gay themed books he bought for me. And of course I was relentless in my insistence to find his attaché.

            I discovered very fairly on that if something is locked in a cabinet with a padlock all you have to do is remove the screws from the hinges and open it from the other side. I was the Wile E Coyote of persistence. A locked box? Remove the hinge pins and it opens right up!

            I really was relentless, like a squirrel after a bird feeder.

    • Adam King

      There’s Ivanka.

      • KCMC

        husband and brothers.

    • TampaDink

      I was thinking about the line of succession, with pence having clearly lied about what he knew & when he knew it, with ayn ryan’s voice on that “joke tape” I think that hatch is next in line…and he’s 83.

    • Hue-Man

      Contrast with the new French government. President Emmanuel Macron – 39. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe – 46. Average age of cabinet – 54.6. 50/50 women/men.
      http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/macron-s-team-a-careful-blend-of-age-gender-and-background-1.3086725

  • Highmoremotel

    Never trusted or liked him and I don’t remember why. Maybe it’s because he retired almost 5 yrs ago. Donald’s pickens are getting slim. Plus, if Lieberman takes the job, I’m going with I was right about him all along.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Why don’t I just vomit into a plastic bag and that can be the FBI director?

    • Adam King

      Is it loyal vomit though.

    • Only if your vomit promises to kill any and all FBI investigations related to Trump, Trump’s family, and everyone else in his administration.

    • bkmn

      Trump likes to keep things to people that he knows, probably moreso now that he is getting burned right and left by leaks. It will be his (and his family’s) downfall.

      • canoebum

        Lieberman is a back-stabber. It’s just another of Trump’s delusions if he thinks Joe won’t stab him in the back too. He’ll look for which side of the bread has more butter and go with it.

        • The_Wretched

          Liberman would stab Trump in the back if he thought it meant positive news stories about him. “Hail me the Hero”

      • Jerry

        What, he couldn’t find any retired NY/NJ mob bosses to nominate?

    • safari

      So he’s already taken the loyalty oath and kissed the ring(s)?

      • Bryan

        Not just rings…

        • Michael White

          It is a ring shaped muscle.

      • FAEN

        Cheeto’s flabby mushy ass as well.

        • safari

          That was one of the rings.

      • Probably. Thing is, Donald expects nobody to notice *why* he’s so chummy with Lieberman. He still seems to think “I like and want him to be FBI director to stop the investigations” is enough to make it happen.

    • Adam King

      That conflict of interest may actually keep him from getting confirmed.

  • Lazycrockett

    Is he even qualified?

    • bkmn

      No

    • FAEN

      LOL-like that ever matters to Cheeto.

    • Adam King

      No.

    • -M-

      Compared to most of Drumpf’s appointees.

  • Tiger Quinn

    That’s kind of adorable. I assume this is their usual “the Dems like Lieberman!” level of logic?

    • safari

      It’s the same logic as “dems won’t mind Comey being fired!”

    • Lazycrockett

      The Dems wouldn’t support Lieberman after he jumped onto the McCain bus, when he lost his next primary no one was around.

  • safari

    O/T-esque: This is a beautiful piece about Fox News’ non-coverage of everything breaking out of DC.

    http://fusion.kinja.com/fox-news-is-losing-its-mind-trying-to-cover-for-donald-1795291031

    • The_Wretched

      That Faux News isn’t treating Comey-Flynn as a big deal is objectively hilarious. Very Baghdad Bob.

  • FAEN

    Vichy Lieberman?

    • billbear1961

      That’s the one!

  • Karl Dubhe

    So, there is someone dumb enough to take the job.

    Joy to the crooks…

    • FAEN

      Bannon must be spitting nails about now.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Hopefully (wait. I can’t say that here. nevermind)

  • Rex

    What’s with pulling people out of retirement?
    Was the Wal-Mart greeter too overqualified?

    • Todd20036

      Maybe not overqualified, but he had too many scruples.

  • Mike C

    He fucked up the public option. Now he’s gonna fuck up the FBI.

    • Rex

      Anyone Trump puts in place at any position is going to fuck up something.

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  • Goggles

    Good old Lieberman, the piece of shit that stole the public option away from Americans to keep health insurance lobby bribe money flowing into his pockets.

  • worstcultever

    You have GOT to be motherfucking kidding me. Can this clownshow o’ crap get any crazier?

    Then again, this pompous fuckstick has always managed to find fresh vistas of loathesomeness to plant his flag upon.

    But I never thought even he could actually be this stupid. “Hey old man – want a thousand-pound anvil?” “Sure, why not?”

  • Guest

    Puh-Leeze

  • worstcultever

    for my money this wins the Twitters today

    https://twitter.com/susie_meister/status/865202559257985026

  • GayOldLady

    You really can’t make this shit up.

  • Rex

    Will he still be able to take his afternoon nap?

  • billbear1961

    O/T: Someone on Political Wire says MSNBC has said Trump will speak at 3:30.

    Can anyone confirm?

  • another_steve

    He must be seriously seriously flawed, then.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Al Gore’s VP pick. May he bring as much good luck to the Trump administration.

  • Reality.Bites

    I have no problem with the idea of Lieberman spending the rest of his life in jail. And if he takes the job he may well do that

  • GayOldLady

    OT: Congressional probe looking into Breitbart and Cambridge Analytica owned by Robert Mercer.

    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/05/18/Report-Congressional-TrumpRussia-Probe-Looking-Into-Breitbart-And-Cambridge-Analytica/216551

    • safari

      It’ll be fun if the investigation drains the Breitbart swamp

      • djcoastermark

        That’s the problem as I see it. If one drains the swamp, next time a storm rolls in, the swamp refills. I say we MUST fill in the swamp once and for all. I know, won’t happen, but us goats are a resourceful and hopeful sort.

  • canoebum

    I wrote to both of my Senators yesterday to tell them I was a hard NO on Lieberman. I hope the Democrats can block this because Lieberman is not trustworthy…at all. His loyalties lie with whoever is paying the most. In 2009, it was the health insurance companies. Because of Lieberman, Max Baucus and Ben Nelson, we lost the public option in the health care bill. Mr. Obama could have been brought around to support it if those particular Democrats hadn’t torpedoed the idea. I have an intense dislike of this very untrustworthy creep.

    • UrsusArctos

      My hatred for him comes because he didn’t kill the public option because of a moral conviction or for a position he had held. I could respect that, even if it infuriated me. He fought the public option because his wife was a lobbyist for PHARMA (the drug cabal). Being that out there greedy sickened me.

      • Dejerrity Mycron

        Big Pharma totally OWNED him. He never voted without thier consent.

    • kaydenpat

      Just did the same. Although I live in a blue state (Maryland), it’s good to contact our Senators to let them know we are expecting them to continue to do the right thing.

    • Jerry

      That, and being besties with John McCain…he was actually considered for VP in 2008, before McCain went completely off the deep end.

    • Robincho

      Detestable does not even BEGIN to describe Joe Lieberman…

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    Joe Lieberman was an ineffectual senator and is totally unqualified for this or any other job in government. Since leaving the Senate he went directly into the employ of one of his biggest campaign donors, making 6 figures every year for doing basically nothing (in other words, he became a lobbyist).

    Why the hell do we keep recycling all these old farts who never contributed jack shit for this country? Get a QUALIFIED person for the country’s top criminal investigation service, not some wishy-washy career politician whose greatest achievement in the US Senate was leaving it.

    • djcoastermark

      The old farts keep getting recycled because the old farts are in control.The ones that can change things are either, gerrymandered out, to stupid to know the difference and vote them back in or, too lazy/don’t care to vote ’em out.

    • 6? I betcha he’s easily making 7 figures with bonuses. They make 6 figures starting salaries at major law firms out of good law schools — after they commit themselves as slaves working 90 hour weeks as junior associates trying to make partner. They justify their obscene salaries and bonuses by looking back at how hard they hard to work and study “to make it”, and how they paid $55,000 a year tuition for 3 years to go to law school. Corporate lawyers make a fortune in our society protecting the interests of the super rich — that is why everyone else gets screwed over.

  • netxtown

    jesus h kriste – did they even bother to check for a pulse?…or are they just trying to patch things up with Israel?

    • billbear1961

      Not required–just absolute LOYALTY to the MASTER.

    • Lieberman has an antipathy to Russia that goes way back and is a neoconservative, and they for the most part are very anti-Putin and pro-Nato, think Bolton, McCain Graham and that crowd. If anything you do not want one of them heading up the FBI. The Israel connection to Lieberman is there because of his background, but he is no fan of Russia for sure – to put it mildly.

  • Ernest Endevor

    This should go well.

  • Ernest Endevor

    He was sitting behind Trump for at least one of those debate/speech/mouth-parts exercise thingies.

  • safari

    Heh: CNBC points out that the WH released a statement wanting the investigation completed quickly last night and this morning Donald contradicted the press release and called it a witch hunt.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/trump-again-blows-up-white-house-statement-with-a-tweet.html

    • ohh myy

      That was predictable! Pretty obvious yesterday’s statement was not written by 45 … the sentences were way too long.

    • Meaning, as usual, the seemingly measured and sane response came from people who weren’t Donald.

    • BobSF_94117

      Well, you would want your witch hunts completely quickly, no?

  • Ninja0980

    Trump realizes everyone hates Lieberman and not just Democrats right?

    • kaydenpat

      Not everyone. Republicans love him just fine. At least for now.

  • gaymex1

    I sometimes bitch about ageism on JMG, but shit, is there no one with a little more energy and enthusiasm? He can barely get through a sentence without dozing off between words. WTF. Qualifications?
    (Edit: I’m 74 and very active and could swim laps or run circles around this guy, but someone younger is needed. There’s too much going on to be taking afternoon naps)

    • safari

      He and Ben Carson will get along swimmingly.

    • Rex

      As an elder-gay, I’ll allow it.

      • gaymex1

        I just think it’s a bad choice. As mentioned by kaydepat–10 year potential. That’s crazy.

        • safari

          No one touching Donald will last in government for 10 years.

          • gaymex1

            haha. We can all hope (and even pray) that this is true.

    • kaydenpat

      And it’s a 10 year appointment. Doesn’t make sense to nominate someone so elderly.

      • netxtown

        In their view, it’s a short term appointment. Problem is, nobody knows how short.

    • GayOldLady

      I hate ageism too, but I’m in my 70’s and there’s no way around the fact that by the time you reach your 70’s you’ve slowed down significantly. I think there are positions where people in their 70’s can serve, but there are some positions where they can but shouldn’t serve. I think the presidency is one of those positions as well as VP, SOS, FBI Director, Joint Chief Chair. All of those positions are very demanding mentally and physically and it’s the exceptional 70+ year old person who can do those jobs with the necessary vim and vitality.

      • Jay George

        Plus they are stinking rich and can afford to *not* work. I would be on the French Riviera with my expensive heels kicked sipping champagne. What the hell is wrong with these assholes?

        • gaymex1

          That’s because you’re not nuts.

        • GayOldLady

          Greed! It makes those who suffer from it feel like they never have enough

      • gaymex1

        That sums up my feelings exactly. We definitely need some young blood in government. We seniors can advise and question and bring perspective. I’m okay with that. PLUS, I am enjoying the hell out of retirement and doing what I want when I want. Lots of things to discover that have nothing to do with a job. I hope everyone lives long enough to experience it.

  • Rex

    He’ll fit right in the swamp, looks like he’s been soaking in it for a decade.

    • That explains the complexion…

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  • Rockola404

    “Joementum!”

    • bkmn

      Is that what you call dried Santorum?

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      More like NOmentum.

      • Rockola404

        I forgot to add a /s .

  • Kevin Perez

    FBI Director is a 10 year term. Joe Lieberman will be 126 years old by the end of that term. I suggest Preet Bharara.

    • Joe in PA

      In our collective dreams!

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      Preet would be outstanding, he’s a true professional. That’s exactly why Trump will never choose him.

      • As usual, Donald’s motives are blatant and obvious: He wants an obedient toady running the FBI, someone who’ll gladly engage in obstruction and shut down any and all Trump-related investigations.

    • Ninja0980

      Preet might be running for governor here in NY so FBI director might be on hold for him.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      This will be a Part-Time Seasonal FBI Director position.

      Until what Trump wants done is done.

      • GayOldLady

        So, will they give him a Blue Vest, pay him $7.50 an hour and make him the 1st shift FBI Greeter?

        • UrsusArctos

          Ouch. That’s bitchy. I like bitchy. Thanks for the ruined keyboard. That’s 2 today.

    • Silver Badger

      Preet Bharara may be too ethical to work for the pissant.

      • Capritaur

        And too ethnic.

  • DanimalChgo

    Lieberman works for the law firm that handles Trump’s civil cases. Conflict of interest. (In addition to otherwise being a general toad.)

    • Which is why this detail needs to be in the news and in the voicemail of every Senator. Along, of course, with Lieberman’s complete lack of experience and qualifications to lead the FBI.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Joe Lieberman is eminently qualified for the position…in Trump’s America! He’s an empty suit who will spout whatever drivel he’s paid to by his corporate owners. Best of all….once you buy him, he stay’s bought!
        This piece of shit was the single greatest reason we don’t have single payer. I celebrated the night he left public office and now that Trump is digging him back up…well…I thought I couldn’t loathe Trump more. I was wrong.

  • Jeffg166

    I thought they were going to go for someone respected.

    • TampaDink

      Good one. I laughed so hard that I nearly peed myself.

      • gaymex1

        Perhaps Trump used that line on the Russian hookers.

        • TampaDink

          Or they used it on him. ;-p

  • It doesn’t make sense for several reasons –
    1. Lieberman endorsed Hillary was back in August and fundraised for her campaign.
    2. Lieberman is close to McCain. In fact apparently he was McCain’s choice for VP but his postion on reproductive rights for women was such that he would never be acceptable to the GOP right (he was for it). McCain has said that he was allowed to pick him he might have beat Obama.
    3. Lieberman has always been seen as very anti-Russian and a neoconservative, he is a cold warrior.
    4. Lieberman is not part of the GOP establishment —
    Saying all this perhaps being Trump’s lawyer over the past 10 years, and being deeply involved with his finances means that the people advising the Donald on this matter know something more than we do but I just think on the surface that there are safer choices for Trump right now — Lieberman sounds like a uncontrollable wildcard here. Remember, Trump fires the FBI director once again and he’s toast —

    • ‘Lieberman for Himself’ = All you need to know.

      • Well sounds like he has made a crap load of money in the past decade don’t it? I was reading his client and lobbying list at that law firm of his.

    • UrsusArctos

      Lieberman has loyalty to ONE TWO things. Joe Lieberman & $$. He’s sold Democrats (and the country) out a couple of times. Killing the public option and endorsing John McCain are among the most egregious.

      • Is one of the reasons he killed the public option because of all the insurance companies in Connecticut?

        • UrsusArctos

          His FREAKING wife was a lobbyist for PHARMA (drug companies) at the time.

          • Did he actually kill it? I read that that one of the reasons why Obamacare survived SCOTUS was because its final shape managed to attract just enough private industry support to allow it to live until a Republican administration– in the Incidental Economist. Right now, we are fighting for its survival — of course. So perhaps it was not just him. Saying that I cannot stand the guy — I am no fan of his. But I think single payer is inevitable, but incremental., I am not sure we can just point our finger at him and blame him for it not being here. I could be wrong.

          • The_Wretched

            He was one of three senators who flipped party to vote with the republicans to block obamacare early on.

          • No wonder we all hate him so much. And then he badmouthed President Obama at two conventions!

          • UrsusArctos

            He, Ben Nelson, and Max Bauchus made it clear that it would not pass the senate with the public option and the ability to negotiate drug prices. Insurance companies wanted a deal giving them subsidized customers. Both played into Lieberman’s pocket. With him as a politician, you can almost always follow the money.

  • JT

    The man with no shame going to work for the shameless administration.

  • Kenwah
  • safari
  • boobert

    A ten year appointment means nothing, or else we’d still have comey. Sounds like a swampy trump patsy to me.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      There was another report that said he wanted to take him on his world tour.

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      Why, do they have a cell in the basement?

    • Holy shit. Donald’s completely lost his mind.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        What does Flynn have on him?????

        • My guess? Flynn *was* Donald’s direct collusion channel with the Kremlin for the election.

          The pus-bubble (my wife’s name for Trump) consistently seems terrified Flynn will flip.

          • billbear1961

            ^^This!^^

          • -M-

            He seems to like Flynn. I think they’ve had a meeting of the addled minds and become kindred kooks. Plus all that other stuff.

        • safari

          I think Flynn is just a passionate yes man.

          • billbear1961

            And a traitor for sale to the highest bidder.

            And he has the GALL to say OTHERS should be LOCKED UP!

            It is their limitless HYPOCRISY that is the single most hateful thing about the right!!

        • billbear1961

          Voilà!

        • Jay George

          Or possibly the Kremlin told DT to put him back.

    • UrsusArctos

      2 words “Executive privilege”

      • Only goes so far. Testimony can still be compelled.

        • UrsusArctos

          Yep. But with him fired and only a private party 45* couldn’t claim it at all and drag things out.

    • Cuberly

      So RU wants their man back in bizness or the pee pee tapes get dropped?

    • The_Wretched

      Trump either in a fantasy land at this point or Flynn knows something devastating (or both).

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        During the campaign, Donnie was all hush-hush about his top secret plan to defeat ISIS. Now it seems that his brilliant “plan” was to have Russia do the heavy lifting. Little dino thinks Flynn was dispatched at Trump’s request to lay the groundwork for recruiting Russia, but instead, Putin recruited Flynn.

        • The_Wretched

          I would comment something ’bout how stupid that was of Donny but geez, redundant.

      • billbear1961

        Both, I suspect.

        He was only doing what Trump ordered him to do, vis-à-vis Russia, I’ll bet.

    • gaymex1

      How does executive privilege work? Can this somehow protect Trump and keep Flynn from testifying?
      Edit..question asked and answered above…and below

      • The_Wretched

        “Executive privilege” is a right for the WH to keep docs and not turn them over to Congress on the idea that they are like ‘work product’ is to an attorney. It doesn’t apply to leaks.

        • gaymex1

          Thanks. I need to check out BeccaM’s link too.

    • Just…wow. There have been credible reports that Flynn is in very, very serious legal trouble.

      He failed to register under FARA requirements as a foreign agent working for both Turkey and Russia.

      He illegally accepted foreign payments as a retired military officer absent Congressional exemption.

      He lied repeatedly on his financial disclosure forms.

      He lied about having contacts with Russians, repeatedly.

      Former Deputy AG Yates informed the WH counsel in January that Flynn was compromised and potentially open to blackmail FROM RUSSIA.

      While in office as national security adviser, he stopped a military program to arm the Kurds against ISIS — which was what Turkey wanted him to do, but this was not in America’s military and strategic interests.

      And what does Donald want to do? Re-hire him.

      • geoffalnutt

        What about planning the kidnapping of ex-Turkish poobah?

        • That, too. The list goes on so long, I can’t remember it all.

        • The_Wretched

          gulen

    • billbear1961

      He has held on to that Nazi, Gorka, too, when he was supposedly on his way OUT.

      • The_Wretched

        That’s on the list of stories that would have gotten attention in a less busy time.

    • He can’t be that stupid. Can he?

      • sfbob

        Silly question.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci
    • safari

      He’s just morphing into Droopy Dog

    • UrsusArctos

      Ew, just ew.

    • safari

      I see he and Rudy go to the same dentist.

    • Miji

      I don’t recall him ever having good looks.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        You’re right. He’s always been hideous, outside and in.

    • Silver Badger

      It happens.

  • Jay George
    • safari

      It’ll take more than that to clear the negative energy out of the white house.

      • Jay George

        Yeah, they are definitely gonna need that second priest. 😉

    • billbear1961

      Hello, Jay!

      xo

    • Jerry

      I’m turning off this movie…I thought the credits said it starred ERROL Flynn, not Michael.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/TheRealHaeyan/status/865224621137604608
    Saw this on Damian from the Owen’s twitter feed.
    Calling BS on this gal just like homocon Chadwick Moore.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Lieberman would be 85 years old at the end of his term. That’s pretty old. Like “pedal-error” old.

    • billbear1961

      He isn’t already 85?

      Oh!

    • Silver Badger

      Yes.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but these Anti-Ossoff ads where they’re picking on San Francisco is just so funny. The story has an update.

    http://sfist.com/2017/05/18/gop_super_pac_trades_cable_cars_for.php

  • Lazycrockett
  • CottonBlimp

    The one and only bright side of Dubya’s presidency is that this opportunistic shitlord never got to be vice president.

  • safari

    O/T: Apparently this was a Donald lunchtime word salad
    “I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country. And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear — all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country,” Trump said.

    “It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That’s all this is. I think it shows division, and it shows that we’re not together as a country. And I think it’s a very, very negative thing. And hopefully, this can go quickly, because we have to show unity if we’re going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world.”

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/trump-says-appointment-of-special-counsel-hurts-our-country-terribly.html

    • Natty Enquirer

      Always has to work in a mention of his win. Because now that he won, Trump has nothing else to go on except six fireflies beeping randomly inside a jar.

    • billbear1961

      There is not a single thing in this country more divisive than TRUMP, the hateful SOB.

    • He’s obsessed with the damned election…

      • UrsusArctos

        His inner 5 year-old KNOWS he did bad when he colluded to take down HRC. The same inner 5 year-old is also ashamed of the company he keeps. He KNOWS they’re second rate crooks and low life. If he’s as narcissistic as it seems, that inner knowledge has to be shredding his butt. He thinks he should be in the company of the greats and they flee from him and have for most of his life.

    • Uncle Mark

      He’s right. It’s a deeply divided country…a weakness that he exacerbated and exploited to his dubious and questionable victory. As fake-president, he did NOTHING to bring the country together…preferring to cater to the ignorant & hateful minority of Americans that make up his base.

      Perhaps the only thing that might bring this country together again is to investigate the degree of rot and corruption that allowed this morally bankrupt, privileged parasite to infest the White House…removing traitorous & partisan politicians also involved. Once most Americans can see how they were duped and by whom can we finally start uniting together.

  • Lazycrockett
    • billbear1961

      Is this good news for . . . John McCain?

      • Treant

        No, but it’s great news for President Hatch.

        • billbear1961

          Hello, T!

          • Treant

            Word up, bear dude.

        • geoffalnutt

          Yeah, but isn’t Hatch 137? Maybe I’m thinking of McCain.

          • Treant

            McCain is 137. Hatch is 115.

    • Speculation: Because money laundering & RICO have become the thread by which the tapestry of corruption unravels.

  • Cuberly

    Miss Lindsaybelle has sure been ramping things up the last few days. So what’s he going to do about it?

    https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/865287402465759233

    • Dejerrity Mycron

      Probably have a fainting spell, he’s very delicate, you know.

    • billbear1961

      And a day or two from now he may just shut up or claim the opposite.

      • Cuberly

        Yep, he’ll hyperventilate about the dems or something.

        Howdy Mr. Bear, hope you’re doing well. 😉

        • billbear1961

          Hello, Cuberly!

          All the news–and the hope of getting rid of Trump, and many others in his Regime AND in the GOP!–is making me very HYPER.

          Hope you’re okay!

    • Jay George
      • Cuberly

        …heh…a super cute “giggle farmer” to boot!

      • The_Wretched

        The nose shadow on his mustache makes it look like a 3rd eyebrow.

      • Jerry

        LOL…”…like a Top-40 station playing during a clown orgy”

    • The_Wretched

      I’m not sure they can Ollie North Flynn on this mess.

    • Music to my ears.

    • Ben in Oakland

      He’s a-goin’ to find himself a faintin’ couch.
      And then he’s a-goin’ to faint.
      What else could lindsebelle do?

      • andrew

        Those of us on the left, who correctly insist that people be referred to by the pronouns or names that they identify with, should stop referring to Senator Graham as Miss Lindsey or “lindsebelle” etc Senator Graham identifies as a straight male. That’s how we should respectfully identify him.

        • Ben in Oakland

          I respectfully refer to him as lindseybelle. That is about as much respect for the man as I can muster. I never refer to him as she, because I do respect women.

          Ask for him identifying as a straight male, well, I would say that is his public identification. How he identifies otherwise is up to him. You don’t know, and neither do I.

          • andrew

            You are referring to him as a woman or an effeminate man when you call him “lindseybelle.” Why not call him by the term with which he identifies himself? Mr. Graham. Neither you nor I have any proof that he ever identifies himself as anything other than a straight male. We don’t need to insult people just because we disagree with their politics. Too many on the right and left ignore that.

    • -M-

      Sounds like he’s saying, “It’s out of our hands now. No need for the Senate or House to investigate or have any hearings that might be awkward.”

      • The_Wretched

        Exactly. the special prosecutor is ‘private’ activity. It doesn’t have to provide a public report. Special commissions exist specifically to produce a full accounting and public version of the same.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Booya.

      • billbear1961

        Will this make it much more aggressive, Becca?

        • It makes it clearer-cut. ‘Criminal investigation’ suggests they’ve found solid leads in things like money laundering.

  • LovesIrony

    oh great a back stabbing Israeli lobbyist

  • coram nobis

    What! What does Joe Lieberman know about law enforcement?

    • billbear1961

      How to obstruct justice?

      • coram nobis

        Well, yes, and how to be a politician. Nothing better for a professional law-enforcement agency, of course.

    • His law firm spent most of the last decade defending Trump and his businesses in lawsuits.

      • coram nobis

        The consigliere, then. The one Robert Duvall played in the Godfather films, until his voice got a little horse.

  • UrsusArctos

    I wonder if President Bannon was consulted on this?

  • Oh, Parker

    One more slimy swamp critter that can be had for a price.

  • Oh, no, not Lieber-whiner. Mr. cover-my-ass at all costs. Mr. “Independent” Democrat. Mr. Wishy-washy. Mr. Which way is the wind blowing. Mr. I’ll run but I’ll make sure if I lose, I’ll still have my job. I can’t imagine how hard and long he kissed DT’s ass.

  • Michael

    Ugh. Him again?

  • j.martindale

    This man has no honor. He is sleazy. Just what I would expect of a tRump pick.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    PUKE!

  • Robert Schaaf

    I thought we’d seen the last of that Quisling a long time ago.

  • Ish

    LOL. What a piece of shit.

  • Lane

    He’s a — oh, I see the the_wretched beat me to it. Lieberman is a horrible person.

  • coram nobis

    “And so the Apostle Peter turned to Jesus and said, ‘Christ, what an asshole’.”

  • Henry Auvil

    If this weasel is confirmed, I am officially revoking my citizenship, and moving to Mars.

  • bobbyjoe

    After Trump’s appointment of Sheriff David Clarke this week, I asked myself “are there any lowlife scumbags left that Trump hasn’t yet nominated to some position or the other?”

    And the answer today is a resounding “Yes. Yes, you forgot about Lieberman.”

  • Mike

    MSNBC is kvelling that this weaselly worm Lieberman, one of the lowest of the low—and, surprise! a friend of Trump—is a man of great integrity. Yeah sure. If he takes the job, it will be a great pleasure to see him go down with Trump, unless he scurries like the rat that he is to higher ground to watch his confederates sink. That’s who Joe Lieberman is.

  • ultragreen

    Apparently Lieberman is working for a law firm that has represented Trump in the past. So there is a conflict-of-interest.

    Lieberman was one of the loudest advocates for impeaching Bill Clinton. Will he be as tough with Trump and his associates? I doubt it.

    • andrew

      While Lieberman was very critical and outspoken in his condemnation of Clinton’s extra marital affair, he voted Not Guilty, at the Senate trial, to both the Perjury and Obstruction Of Justice Articles of Impeachment.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Joseph Lieberman is one of the most vile and repulsive creatures ever to slither across the face of this earth. No wonder Trump is considering him.

  • He’s not qualified. This is a real job, not a placeholder position. They need to ask the top dozen or so people in the FBI who they think among them is most qualified. I suspect there’s someone they’d all like to see run the organization. I realize Trump will never think that way. He probably thinks that since Liebermann was a Democrat that Democrats won’t have a problem with this. It might be enough to get him through the senate but this isn’t a good nomination.

  • andrew

    A 75 year man old can be a loving grandfather or great grandfather, buy not the Director of the FBI, especially in this time of unprecedented chaos.

  • abqdan

    This particular DINO makes my skin crawl – he is obnoxious in the extreme. So yes, i guess for Trump, that’s a good pick.

    • NowAnAgnostic

      Lieberman ran as an “Independent Democrat” in his last Senate election because he lost to his Democratic opponent in the primary election. I can’t remember if he was kicked out of the Democratic Party or not.

  • eupnrth8

    I didn’t know my grandmother very well before she died nearly 20 years ago, but one of the few things I do remember her saying that Lieberman was “bad for the Jews.” Both Lieberman and my grandmother were Jewish.

  • Robert Conner

    Great! This Hebrew schmuck again.

  • bmoore4026

    Crack down on video game players to begin immediately.

  • JCF

    Don’t they DARE try to sell this as “bi-partisan”! Lieberman’s been blowing Rethugs longer than Drumpf’s been blowing Putin…

  • HappyDance904

    Can’t we get someone who is able to actually chase down someone in the event of a national attack? HAHAHA …he looks 3 days from death!!!

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      From your lips to god’s ears.

  • matthewrettenmund

    Perfect time to name a politician to this post. (Eyeroll.)

  • MassageBear
  • pablo
  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Lieberman supported McCain over Obama in 2008.
    Which means he was fine with Sarah Palin, too.
    Now he works at a Trump law firm!!
    No thanks!!!!

    • andrew

      However in 2016 he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

  • J Ascher

    Hmmm…a turncoat to serve a traitor. How appropriate!

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    NO GODDAMMIT NO

  • DN

    What law enforcement experience does Lieberman have? Come on…

  • kladinvt

    LieberBush

  • Chris Baker

    Appointing a [former] Democrat so Trump can brush off any FBI investigation as a “Democratic witch hunt” to the press.