Sen. John Cornyn withdraws from Federal Bureau of Investigation director search

Amos Gonzales
May 17, 2017

Cornyn was interviewed for the post after President Donald Trump fired James Comey. Senate Republicans insisted at the time that the next president should replace Scalia, and the strategy paid off when Trump won the election. Justice Department officials warn Comey against sending the letter, saying that doing so would be inconsistent with department policy meant to avoid the appearance of prosecutorial interference or meddling in elections.

White House officials told the AP Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to replace Comey, including Texas Sen.

He interviewed with Trump over the weekend.

White House officials say the list includes Texas Sen.

November 13, 2016: In a CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast after the election, Trump says he hasn't decided whether to keep Comey.

John Cornyn, the majority whip and second-ranking Republican, was not present in the gaggle of Senate leaders after their weekly lunch Tuesday. But GOP senators set term limits for leadership posts and his ends at the start of 2019.

But if Trump nominates Cornyn, Senate Republicans would be forced to vote against one of their party's own leaders.

Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who used to work in the Justice Department's Criminal Division; the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who recently testified before Congress about the agency's Russian Federation collusion investigation; Texas Sen.

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Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is still on the shortlist, and could face less Democratic obstruction in a Senate confirmation process - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., endorsed Kelly to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2011 when Robert Mueller stepped down.

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

"I don't think that's a good strategy at all", Collins said, adding that she wanted to question Rosenstein Thursday on whether a special prosecutor was indeed needed.

The senator's confirmation would be assured because of Democratic rules changes in 2013 that only require a simple majority. He said the US Department of Justice was still interviewing candidates.

Cornyn, who has served as a senator since 2002, says while he won't be filling the position, he believes the country "needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director".

There's one school HBCU that didn't want to follow in the footsteps of Bethune-Cookman University, by having a republican give the class of 2017 commencement speech. The senator's office said Friday that he respected the decision and looked forward to visiting in the future.

Trump is also reported to be considering other law enforcement professionals including former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly who served under Mayor Rudy Giuliani during the 9/11 attack.

Fisher and Garcia are both alumni of the George W. Bush administration.

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