Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Friday that he would welcome a decision by President Trump to nominate former Sen. Joe Lieberman as the next FBI director.
"I think it's great," Issa said when asked about the possibility.
"As everyone here knows, he's solid, he's probably a little bored in private life, he's a public servant," he said. "His experience and his independence, including independence at times from his own party, is pretty legendary."
"So, I'm a Joe Lieberman fan," Issa added. "I wouldn't look at a second candidate if the president had the confidence to appoint him."
Lieberman famously left the Democratic Party in 2006, after he lost the Democratic primary when running to keep his Senate seat. Democrats have reacted less enthusiastically to the idea of letting him run the FBI.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said he likes Lieberman, but said a non-politician might be better.
"I really think you need a career kind of police person," Cummings said. Another Democrat, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was non-committal, and said only, "I'll wait and see what happens."
A third, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., explained the situation with Lieberman by making a baseball analogy. He noted that when players from one team join another team, they are often booed when they return to their old stadium.
Issa, Cummings and other lawmakers were speaking to reporters on the way out of a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who explained the administration's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.