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Cornyn says he won't be Federal Bureau of Investigation director

17 Mai 2017

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Director James Comey on Tuesday.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the school said on Friday, after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed at another historically black university.

John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the US Senate, is among the four people slated to be interviewed by the Justice Department to be the FBI's new director in the wake of James Comey's ouster, Politico and the Washington Post report.

Trey Gowdy took himself out of the search, narrowing the field of persons President Trump is looking at.

A source familiar with Cornyn's thinking said the senator felt "obligated" to consider the job because a friend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asked him to.

"This demands a serious down-the-middle investigation", the Democrat said of the Trump-Russia question. Gowdy was out of the country on a House Intelligence Committee mission when Comey was sacked.

When asked on "Face the Nation" last month if it was appropriate for Trump to comment on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, Cornyn said "sometimes I think this is a distraction from what we should be doing". "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people".

That's where Cornyn comes in.

Susan Collins (R-ME) said, "He would be a great choice in normal times, but we're not living in normal times".

But the problem is the political atmosphere in Washington. Lindsey Graham and Sen.

The advisers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director would have little job security and heightened scrutiny by political observers following President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of James Comey on May 9. "But these are not normal circumstances". Trump's nominee will fail if three Republicans vote against their president. The petition said, "Having a politician such as him speak at our institution is an insult to the students, to TSU, and to all [historically black colleges and universities]".

Cornyn's office didn't immediately respond to a question about how the senator defines "independent".

Cornyn is one of about 11 contenders for the post, according to Fox News.

White House officials say the list includes Texas Sen.

Cornyn has also occasionally criticized Trump - albeit gently.

A former Texas Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General, Cornyn is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Were he chosen, Cornyn would be stepping onto history's stage at a crucial juncture in the Trump presidency.

Cornyn says he won't be Federal Bureau of Investigation director