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Joe Lieberman’s Political Positions: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Joe Lieberman testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee January 15, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Joe Lieberman is reportedly the frontrunner to become the next director of the FBI.

This would be a surprising pick, as the role of FBI director generally does not go to a partisan politician. It’s also surprising because Joe Lieberman was a Democrat for many years, serving as Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 election. However, from 2006 onward, he served as a political independent, and he has been criticized by many Democrats for his conservative tendencies. In fact, he endorsed John McCain for president in 2008.

So what exactly are Joe Lieberman’s political positions, especially when it comes to topics relevant to his potential job of FBI director? Here’s what you need to know.


1. He Has Talked About the Importance of Cracking Down on Leaks

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Joe Lieberman speaks during a press conference on December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Joe Lieberman and Donald Trump may have connected this week over their shared desire to crack down on leaks within the federal government.

After all, Lieberman has spoken frequently about his opinion that the United States needs to be more aggressive about prosecuting those who leak classified information to the media.

“The last person to be convicted of a crime for leaking to the media was more than 25 years ago,” Lieberman told Fox News in 2012. “We’re still using a 1917 Espionage Act that requires some showing of intent and knowledge that a leak would harm the security of the United States.”

Lieberman has also talked about wanting to go after those who publish leaks, specifically taking aim at Wikileaks. In 2010, he introduced the SHIELD (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination) Act, which would have amended the Espionage Act to prohibit the publication of “the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community of the United States” or information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government,” according to WIRED.


2. He Was an Advocate for the War in Iraq

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Joe Lieberman testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee November 3, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Even though he was a Democrat, Joe Lieberman was a strong proponent of the Iraq war during the 2000s.

“The Connecticut Democrat’s strong public defense of Bush’s handling of the Iraq war has provided the White House with an invaluable rejoinder to intensifying criticism from other Democrats,” The Washington Post reported in 2005. “In public statements and a newspaper column, Lieberman has argued that Bush has a strategy for victory in Iraq, has dismissed calls for the president to set a timetable for troop withdrawal, and has warned that it would be a ‘colossal mistake’ for the Democratic leadership to ‘lose its will’ at this critical point in the war.”

He reiterated his support for the war over the years, including in 2006, when he said that the Bush administration should not pull troops out.

“I am not for an open-ended commitment,” he said during his campaign that year, according to The Guardian. “But if we simply give up and pull out, like my opponent wants, then it would be a disaster for Iraqis and for us.”

And Lieberman continues to defend his position on the Iraq war to this day. In 2015, he said that the world is much better off for having invaded Iraq.

“I think the world is a lot better off, not withstanding all the problems in Iraq,” Lieberman told MSNBC in 2015. “I think the world is better off and the region is better off and the people of Iraq are better off.”


3. He Has Fought Against Violent Video Games

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Joe Lieberman co-hosts SiriusXM’s No Labels Radio on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Getty)

Joe Lieberman has over the years fought against violent video games, saying that they cause young people to be violent.

In December 1993, Joe Lieberman helped lead a congressional hearing on violent video games, and the following year, he introduced the Video Game Ratings Act of 1994, which would start a federal commission to create industry-wide regulations. With this threat of government regulations hanging over them, the video game industry established the Entertainment Software Rating Board, a self-regulatory board which is in effect to this day.

Joe Lieberman continues to talk about his belief that video games have a negative impact on youths.

“…I spent enough time on this question of violence, and the entertainment culture, to reach this conclusion, that the violence in the entertainment culture, particularly with the extraordinary realism to video games and movies now, et cetera, does cause vulnerable young men, particularly, to be more violent,” Lieberman told Fox News in 2012. “It doesn’t make everybody more violent. But, it’s a causative factor in some cases.”


4. He Supported the Candidacy of Betsy DeVos

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Betsy DeVos and Joe Lieberman testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Earlier this year, Joe Lieberman supported the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education.

Lieberman spoke in support of DeVos at DeVos’ confirmation hearing, and Lieberman suggested that those who are opposing DeVos simply don’t like the fact that she comes from outside of the establishment.

“I know some people are questioning her qualifications to be secretary of education. Too many of those questions seem to be based on the fact that she does not come from within the education establishment,” Lieberman said, according to Breitbart. “But, honestly, I believe that today, that is one of the most important qualifications you can have for the job.”


5. He Said He Supports Creating a Special Commission in the Trump Russia Probe

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Joe Lieberman speaks at a press conference on December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Just a few weeks ago, Joe Lieberman said he was in support of appointing a special commission to look into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.

“I don’t know – I hate to say this as a former member of Congress – that any Congressional committee can give this a credible investigation without getting into partisan disagreements,” Lieberman said in an interview with Larry King.

Lieberman went on to say that for a public to really believe an investigation, there should be a commission put together, similar to the commission which looked into 9/11.

In that same interview, Joe Lieberman said that Russia did try to meddle in the election, but he was wary to call it an act of war.

“That’s shocking. What do we do about it? Do we fight back in cyberspace? …What do you do about it? I don’t think there’s any recourse that would, for instance, lead to the removal of President Trump from office,” he said. “The election is a historical fact. But if we conclude that the Russians really did meddle, and of course if there’s any proof that there’s collusion by people in the Trump administration, that would be a real threat….”

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  1. Lieberman will be a shill for pro-Putin, pro-Netanyahu positions in the Middle East in ways which will compromise America’s security independence. See Iraq War and Iran Nuclear deal. No doubt he will be all for Trump’s war on ISIS which plays into Kremlin duplicity. He’s on apparently chummy terms with svengali-Rasputin-KGB-Russian mafia linked Avigdor Lieberman too. Good stuff. Just what we need right now, but really is a smart pick for Trump. No doubt he’ll be confirmed in yet another Republican screw up.

  2. ATTENTION: JOE LIEBERMAN
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    In addition to Trump FAILING to sue CNN for CNN’s refusal to air Trump’s “PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT (the which, Trump would LOSE!… as he could be shown to have attempted a violation of the CONSTITUTIONALLY SANCTIONED Security of the Person of Americans!)”, he has also FAILED to “legally challenge” an “alleged victim” at, h-t-t-p://www(dot)huffingtonpost(dot)com/lisa-bloom/why-the-new-child-rape-ca_b_10619944(dot)html, for an allegation of C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E!… and to sue alleged “FAUX NEWSERS”, that/ which have “falsly reported” the said C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E TALE! Thus, how can ANYONE– i.e., of G-O-O-D C-O-N-S-C-I-E-N-C-E!– trust a wanna- be Prez who screams “FAUX NEWS”, “FAUX NEWS”, “FAUX NEWS”!… and would sue his neighbor’s housecat if given the chance!… but would “clam up” tighter than a Contestant’s crotch on a segment of his The Apprentice, when challenged on his F-A-I-L-U-R-E to go after the I-L-L-E-G-A-L-I-T-Y, O-F A C-L-A-I-M O-F C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E! The reason, is ABUNDANTLY CLEAR!… T-H-E C-L-A-I-M I-S L-E-G-I-T!… A-N-D J-A-M-E-S C-O-M-E-Y, T-R-U-M-P– A-N-D T-R-U-M-P-‘-S “W-I-F-E”!– K-N-O-W I-T!
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    Joe Lieberman, If the allegation of C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E against Donald Trump is C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L and T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S!… and, proffered by a “FAUX VICTIM”* and “FAUX MEDIA”!… then will you– as the new FBI Director!– be going after this FAUX VICTIM for proffering C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L A-N-D T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S C-L-A-I-M-S O-F C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E, and, will you be going after the FAUX NEWSERS for spreading C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L A-N-D T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S F-A-U-X N-E-W-S O-F C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E? Joe Lieberman, will you uphold your D-U-T-Y to protect America’s children, and American families? Otherwise!… it’s hard to rationalize why the FBI would leave the alleged Trump victim “HIGH AND DRY (e.g., she withdrew her filing on Nov 4, 2016, due to said fears for her life!… stated her counsel!)”!… and conversely, would fail to go after this FAUX VICTIM for C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-L-Y A-N-D T-O-R-T-I-O-U-S-L-Y giving false testimony re an allegation of C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E on the one hand, and, would fail to go after FAUX NEWESERS for reporting C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E on the other! And, how does that absence of FBI D-U-T-Y even make sense? And, why would one believe– should one believe!– that the FBI is S-O-O-O-O I-N-C-O-M-P-E-T-E-N-T that it would either fail to protect a victim of C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E (F-O-R W-H-I-C-H, T-H-E-R-E C-A-N B-E N-O M-O-R-A-T-O-R-I-U-M!)!… or fail to go after A FAKE VICTIM who has alleged such a claim, and fail to go after FAUX NEWSERS which have reported same! A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! And in Huffington Post’s report of Trump’s C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E charges, there was SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE for a judge to ratify the sending of the matter to a court for adjudication by Dec 28, 2016! And, so!… if the victim was P-A-I-D O-F-F, W-E S-H-O-U-L-D K-N-O-W A-B-O-U-T I-T!… A-N-D I-F H-U-S-H M-O-N-E-Y W-A-S O-F-F-E-R-E-D U-P A-N-D R-E-C-E-I-V-E-D, T-H-E-N T-H-E V-I-C-T-I-M A-N-D D-O-N-A-L-D T-R-U-M-P S-H-O-U-L-D B-E C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-L-Y C-H-A-R-G-E-D! The victim, for R-E-C-E-I-V-I-N-G A B-R-I-B-E!… and he, for O-F-F-E-R-I-N-G A B-R-I-B-E, and for C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E!
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    Lastly… Joe Lieberman, will you be going after Donald Trump for releasing Classified information?
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    Please!… no emails!
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    P.S.: Given the VERACITY of the allegation of C-H-I-L-D R-A-P-E/ C-H-I-L-D A-B-U-S-E!… and Comey’s ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of this!… should Comey’s KNOWLEDGE soon pose an “indirect threat” to “certain” White House interests (e.g., if Comey decides to accept the offer from Julian Assange, to act as a WikiLeaks Spy re U.S. Government wrongdoing!), I’d be VERY CONCERNED about the safety and security of James Comey! Although!… maybe!… Julian Assange may feel that Comey would be “better protected” if he “befriends” the WikiLeaks League! And so… Joe Lieberman!… will you ensure the safety of James Comey, should Comey decide to “spill the beans” on MR. POTUS?
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    *The Federal Stalking Statute (see, Federal Stalking Statute, 18 U.S.C. §2261A) makes it a F-E-L-O-N-Y for someone to use any interactive computer service, or electronic communication service or system (by the FBI, CIA, NSA, or otherwise!… and, e.g., the aforecited URL, with the intent to kill, injure, HARASS, INTIMIDATE, or place under surveillance (through an official and/ or an unofficial proxy!) another person… and engage in a course of conduct that places a person in reasonable fear of death, or serious bodily injury, OR CAUSES, ATTEMPTS TO CAUSE, OR WOULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO CAUSE SUBSTANTIAL EMOTIONAL DISTRESS (but, let us include, THE POTENTIAL COMPROMISE OF A U.S. FEDERAL ELECTION PROCESS!)!