Texas senator John Cornyn among 8 candidates for FBI Director

Caroline Beck
May 16, 2017

John Cornyn to speak at Saturday's graduation in Houston.

The first candidates vying for the job to replace fired FBI Director James Comey will be interviewed on Saturday (May 13), with acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and Republican Senator John Cornyn from Texas among those who were expected to be interviewed by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, according to sources.

Cornyn now serves as the Senate Majority Whip, the number two leadership position in the U.S. Senate. Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, is the second-highest ranking Republican in the chamber, meaning his possible appointment would trigger political moves both there and in his home state of Texas.

The senator would likely be confirmed regardless of Democratic support, as it would only require a simple majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a USA facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015.

Candidates are being looked at, White House officials said, with a particular emphasis in mind: a lack of deep ties to Trump, to avoid the appearance that he wants to install a crony at the top of an agency that is investigating the activities of his presidential campaign. "We need to continue forward and protect these investigations", he said.

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On Tuesday, following President Trump's dismissal of Director Comey, Cornyn tweeted: "Ds were against Comey before they were for him", referring to many Democrats frustration revolving Comey's statements made prior to the 2016 election about Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server.

The latest example of his too-rare rationality was his objection to the suggestion that President Trump should appoint Graham's colleague Sen. "It is not just important that a thorough and independent investigation be conducted, it is important that the American people have confidence and believe that a fair and independent investigation is being conducted".

DeVos, who was announced as Bethune-Cookman University's graduation speaker less than two weeks ago, had been protested by many including current students and alumni.

Cornyn, 65, is a former Texas attorney general and state supreme court justice and is serving his third term in the Senate. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Under normal circumstances, [he] would be a superb choice to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director". The former Republican senator from Alabama sharply criticized Cornyn's bipartisan effort past year to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system and revise some 1980s and '90s-era federal "tough on crime" laws.

"He has an extensive background in the criminal justice field", Rottinghaus says.

Cornyn would not comment about Trump's threats to release a tape of his conversations with Comey - or if Congress should obtain those tapes. "I think it requires somebody like me, a Republican, to call Comey before the Judiciary Committee to let him explain that conversation", Graham said, adding that he doesn't believe that Trump is the subject or target of any investigation regarding possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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