Posted by: maboulette | May 18, 2017

Senator John Cornyn Counting Himself Out for FBI Director

Senator Cornyn

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday he has told the Trump administration to count him out as a possible FBI director and that he would do what he could do to help find the right choice.


“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director,” Cornyn said in a statement. “I’ve informed the administration that I’m committed to helping them find such an individual, and that the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate.”

“I have always considered public service to be a great privilege. How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle,” Cornyn said.

“Working for 28 million Texans in the U.S. Senate is an honor I never expected to have, and one I cherish each and every day,” he said. “I’m eager to continue working with the administration and the rest of my colleagues to make Texas and our country stronger.”


Another Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, said Monday that he had taken himself out of the running. A friend of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, someone recommended by several senators, also said Tuesday that Garland is happy in his job and has no interest in leaving the judiciary to head the FBI.


The administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to replace Comey, of more than a dozen being considered. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for a trip to the Mideast and Europe. In addition to members of Congress, the list includes current and former FBI and Justice Department leaders and federal judges.


Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Tuesday morning that he’d recommended that Trump nominate Garland for the post.


Garland’s friend spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Questioned about Garland later in the day, McConnell said he “illustrates the kind of person I hope and expect will come next, somebody with deep credentials in criminal justice and criminal justice enforcement, completely apolitical and in line with prior FBI directors.”


FBI directors have predominantly been drawn from the ranks of prosecutors and judges. Comey, for instance, was a former United States attorney in Manhattan before being appointed deputy attorney general by George W. Bush. His predecessor, Robert Mueller, was a U.S. attorney in San Francisco.


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