HARTFORD -- Senator Lieberman said he’s in a good place these days.
FOX61’s Jenn Bernstein was able to catch up with him while he was in Washington, D.C.
"This is a good chapter of my life. I'm spending more time with my wife, children, grandchildren,” said Former Senator Joe Lieberman. "We've been blessed with 11 grandchildren."
More than a year after his name was floated around as a potential pick for FBI Director, Senator Lieberman reflects on his decision to remove his name from the list of candidates.
“When the offer came, I was surprised by it, I was challenged by it, probably in the end, out of a sense of responsibility I would have done it,” said Lieberman, “but It would not have been my first choice.
President Trump asked the senior partner in Lieberman’s law firm- Attorney Marc Kasowitz- to represent him in the Bob Mueller investigation. Lieberman said it was a conflict of interest and so he withdrew from consideration for the post.
“I have no regrets. I'm honored that he asked me, but I'm glad to be where I am in life,” said Lieberman.
These days Lieberman is working part-time at the law firm in New York, as well as Co-Chairing the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense- a bipartisan group exploring biological threats to the U.S.
"The basic point is to take a look and see whether America is ready to protect our people from a biological terrorist attack and an infectious disease epidemic,” said Lieberman.
Recently Lieberman sparked debate after writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal citing caution to voters in New York who voted for progressive Congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She beat veteran Democrat Joe Crowley.
Lieberman wrote in the piece, "her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems."
Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
"I don't want it to be a signal to the Democratic Party that it should move further and further left,” Lieberman said Tuesday. “If the party moves too far left, I just don't think it's going to have a chance to be a successful party."
We asked Lieberman to weigh in on the race.
“I've been following it sort of from a distance, I'm not actively involved in elective politics anymore,” said Lieberman, “You know I don't bear any malice toward Ned Lamont because we ran against each other. I've seen him a few times at meetings since then he's a perfectly fine person and I admire him for wanting to be in public service. Joe Ganim I've known for years, I like him a lot, and respect him. He's really asking for a second chance.”
Lieberman also went on to praise a Republican candidate.