Texas Sen. Cornyn Withdraws Name From FBI Consideration

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2017

"My suspicion is he may be ready for a new challenge; he's been in the Senate now for quite a while", said Vanderbilt University law professor Brian Fitzpatrick, who worked as Cornyn's special counsel on the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. We asked Sen. Cornyn to instead visit with our students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families. Other people to formally discuss the role with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, include Federal Bureau of Investigation acting director Andrew McCabe, homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush Fran Townsend, and former House intelligence chairman and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Mike Rogers.

FILE - In this May 10, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

According to CNN, at least eight people have been identified as candidates for the position, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

In Sen. Cornyn's full statement, he said the country "needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director".

Trump, who abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, appears poised to act quickly on finding his replacement, which will require Senate confirmation. Governor Greg Abbott would appoint a senator, who would serve until a special election could be held to fill Cornyn's seat.

Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 leader, was one of several people said to be considered to replace ousted director James Comey.

Trump's sudden removal of Comey from the position this week set off a political firestorm in Washington, furling fears that the president was trying to stifle the bureau's probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Senate Democrats are demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein name a special prosecutor for an investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 US presidential elections before moving forward with Comey's replacement.

Asked about the White House's shifting explanations for Comey's firing, Cornyn said he still backed the President's decision and supported the initial reasoning behind the firing - that Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation. John Cornyn, days after student booed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman University this week.

Cornyn has in recent weeks become more of an outward defender of Trump.

The rescinded invitation came after students threatened to boycott a commencement ceremony featuring Cornyn and signed a petition on Change.org demanding that the university drop the senator because of his policy stances.

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