Republican senator among those to interview for Federal Bureau of Investigation director role, reports say

17 May, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

After Trump fired Comey last week amid the FBI's investigation, Cornyn said it was "within his authority" to do so.

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 USA election a year ago.

While Cornyn did serve as both a Texas Supreme Court justice and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, he would seem among the least likely picks on the list.

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. Henry E. HudsonHudson is a federal judge in Richmond who earned praise from conservatives when he struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010. Trump himself called and urged Cornyn to take the job, but the senator said in a statement Tuesday that he would rather remain in the Senate.

A little more than a year later, Cornyn criticized Democrats who said they would oppose the Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee, once he or she is named, if the administration doesn't appoint a special counsel to oversee the case.

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Senate Democrats likely will stall on whomever Trump nominates while Republican senators such as Susan Collins of ME and Lindsey Graham of SC have voiced concerns over nominating someone to the position who works in a partisan environment.

Trump's sudden removal of Comey from the position this week set off a political firestorm in Washington, furling fears that the president was trying to stifle the bureau's probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

"This demands a serious down-the-middle investigation", the Democrat said of the Trump-Russia question. At the Justice Department, she worked in a variety of jobs including leading the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which helped oversee intelligence-gathering activities related to the nation's top secret surveillance court.

Cornyn and U.S. Sen. In 2010, Cornyn led the committee to back Charlie Crist in the Florida Republican primary but then switched to Marco Rubio as the tea party favorite gained momentum.

Picking Gowdy would electrify Trump's support base, though it also would send up partisan alarms. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was asked to visit with students later and not at the ceremony on Saturday.

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