Sen. Cornyn Tells Trump Administration He's Not Interested in FBI Director Job

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will remain in the U.S. Senate after he released a statement on Tuesday regarding the FBI Director vacancy.

"I have called repeatedly on the attorney general to appoint a special counsel to fully and fairly conduct the investigation", Cornyn said on the Senate floor in March 2016.

Among them are Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber and Representative Trey Gowdy of SC, who led the most recent congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks. South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy took himself out of consideration on Monday. He announced on Monday that he was withdrawing his name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation short list. While Cornyn is well-liked on Capitol Hill, he is seen as a partisan whose confirmation hearing would have been expected to be highly contentious. Trump cited Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his dismissal, but others are anxious that the firing may have had something to do with the agency's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, during the election. The Texan's seat is safe for as long as he wants it but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is gearing up for reelection in 2020 and has shown no signs of giving up the top leadership post, meaning Cornyn could be waiting almost a decade for a shot at the top job. OK, but not qualified to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a nomination he stalled?

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the November election, the two candidates with the most votes would then head to a run-off race.

But the Republican party's aim now is to get the GOP healthcare bill passed and Cornyn's absence could be detrimental as the senator has been in almost every meeting regarding replacing Obamacare.

Asked, during an interview on NBC's Meet The Press, whether it's the right time for Trump to pick an elected political official, Graham said no.

Many GOP members backed President Donald Trump's decision to can Comey because they believed the initial White House explanation that it was done at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a respected long-serving prosecutor.

"The key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us", Schumer said.

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