Cornyn now serves as the Senate Majority Whip, the number two leadership position in the U.S. Senate.
A White House aide confirmed Friday afternoon that Cornyn is one of 11 people under consideration to replace James Comey, the FBI chief fired Tuesday night by President Donald Trump amid an ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the US election previous year.
A commencement address by the number two Senate Republican and candidate for FBI Director was canceled Friday after opposition from students at the historically black university where he was scheduled to speak. Reports indicate he was one of a growing list of candidates, along with Fisher, Garcia, and McCabe, who were interviewed over the weekend.
Others being considered for the role include Alice Fisher, a white-collar defence lawyer who previously led the Justice Department's criminal division, and Michael Garcia, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who previously served as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York. John Cornyn, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We need to call Comey and get to the bottom of all this", he said. Larry ThompasonA deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, Thompson served as the department's No. 2 from 2001 to 2003.
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That wasn't just about Cornyn. Before Comey tapped him to lead the Richmond office in 2014, he was section chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, investigating some of the highest profile cases against government officials and civil rights violations in recent years. He is a popular senator who is well-liked among Republicans and less of a lightning rod to Democrats.
With Cornyn out of consideration, Congress can rest a bit easier that the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director will be a nonpartisan figure. Sen. "But these are not normal circumstances". McConnell can run the Senate as long as colleagues keep re-electing him.
Mackowiak said that whomever Trump nominates will likely be confirmed "in the 51- to 54-vote range" because of the fallout after Comey's dismissal, and that the president can not nominate a loyalist like former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to the post.
The last time Texans voted in a special election to fill the term of a senator who left his post was 1993, when Lloyd Bentsen resigned his Senate seat to become President Bill Clinton's treasury secretary. Comey served for three and a half years before being dismissed by Trump. The White House denied that Trump threatened Comey, who was sacked by him early this week.