Former Sen. Joe Lieberman top pick for Trump's new FBI director

PHOTO: Senator Joe Lieberman leaves the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump on May 17, 2017 in Washington.PlayOlivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH Trump says he is very close to naming his pick for FBI director

President Donald Trump says he is "very close" to choosing his nominee to replace James Comey as FBI director.

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The president said former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is his top choice in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. Lieberman was also former Vice President Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last week amid an investigation into his campaign's potential ties to Russian officials.