Trump says he is very close to naming his pick for FBI director

Trump acknowledged former Sen. Joe Lieberman as a leading contender for the position.
1:34 | 05/18/17

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Transcript for Trump says he is very close to naming his pick for FBI director
While we're at the white house today, the president did reveal to us something else, he said he's very close to naming his pick to run the FBI. ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas at the FBI tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the president saying he is close to naming a new director of the FBI, acknowledging former senator Joe Lieberman is a leading contender. We're very close to an FBI director. When are you going to name one? Soon. Is Mr. Lieberman -- is senator Lieberman one of your top picks, sir? He is. Reporter: And tonight, sources tell ABC news the new special counsel is already at work on the investigation. Robert muller was the longest serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover. In his new role he'll have broad powers -- the power to seek subpoenas, to convene a grand jury, and add as many FBI agents as needed as he digs for evidence of any crimes, ranging from collusion with the Russians to obstruction of justice. Mueller has worked under Republican and democratic presidents, and he's worked closely with James Comey for years -- his successor at the FBI. I want to commend the president for the choice of Jim Comey as the next director of the FBI. Pierre Thomas with us live at the FBI tonight. Pierre, this FBI investigation has been under way now for about ten months, long before election day. This new special counsel, does he start all over or does he pour through the evidence that they already gathered there at the FBI. I'm told that Mueller will assess the investigation and the Ed so far and determine how best to proceed. It's totally his call. David. Pierre Thomas with us tonight, our thanks to you again.

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