WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump nominates Joe Lieberman to run the FBI, he can count on a “no” vote for confirmation from Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
And he can count on an impassioned explanation — a “monologue,” as Politico put it — that basically says Lieberman, once a Democratic vice presidential nominee, betrayed Democratic principles.
“Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials,” Brown told Politico, which queried Democratic senators on whether they’d vote to confirm the former senator from Connecticut if Trump selects him as FBI director. “Look where he works now, a Trump law firm,” Brown said, referring to Lieberman’s job as senior counsel at the firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman. The firm represents Trump in personal matters.
“That tells me a lot,” Brown said.
But Brown’s criticism goes beyond Lieberman’s employer.
When Lieberman was in the Senate — first as a Democrat, later as an independent (after losing a Democratic primary) who caucused with the Democrats — he was overly close with Connecticut’s drug industry and lacked concern for people who…