Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is being considered — among other candidates — for the FBI Director position, the White House revealed on Wednesday.
The former Democrat-turned-Independent has no previous experience as an FBI agent or as a federal prosecutor or judge, but was Connecticut’s Attorney General prior to his 1988 election to Senate, and was later the Democratic candidate for vice president during the 2000 election alongside Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore.
Gore/Lieberman ended up losing the 2000 presidential election to then-presidential candidate George W. Bush and candidate for vice president, Dick Cheney.
Lieberman was a Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Also being considered for the vacancy of FBI Director are acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI official Richard McFeely and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating (R).
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that the Trump administration has been interviewing candidates to replace former FBI Director James Comey after his firing early last week.
MSNBC caught up with Lieberman and asked the former senator whether or not would accept the position should the Trump administration offer it to him.
“It was unexpected,” Lieberman said of the FBI Directorship consideration. “Not something I was seeking.”
Lieberman retired from the U.S. Senate in January 2013.
Trump promised a “fast” decision to fill the vacancy left by Comey, and told reporters on Air Force One on Saturday that “the process is going to move quickly.”