Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director

UNITED STATES- MAY 10 Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn R-Texas talks with reporters in the Capitol

Cornyn defended Trump when he suddenly fired Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director this week - whether it was because the president felt Comey had botched the handling of the Hillary Clinton email case during the campaign, because he was too aggressively pursuing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 campaign to benefit Trump or because he wasn't sufficiently loyal and had recently testified to Congress that he was "mildly nauseous" thinking that he might have influenced the 2016 election's outcome.

"We asked Senator Cornyn to instead visit with our students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families", the school said in a statement.

Two days after after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed during a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, another historically black college, Texas Southern University, has cancelled a similar speech from another member of Trump's constituency, Senate majority whip John Cornyn.

Comey, who is now a private citizen, but one who knows more than most about the Russian Federation probe, was invited to brief the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday but turned it down for now.

That would be a worrying sign for most people, but especially someone whose name has been floated to head the agency responsible for investigating civil rights cases.

The shockwaves that reverberated through Washington last week with the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey might take a while to subside as members of the House and Senate will remain focused this week on why it happened and the ramifications for the investigations into Russia's meddling in the U.S. elections. And ambitious Texas Republicans will have to wait a while for another shot at the U.S. Senate. "I've informed the administration that I'm committed to helping them find such an individual". "I'm eager to continue working with the administration and the rest of my colleagues to make Texas and our country stronger".

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said in an interview last week that he has been especially "impressed" with Cornyn's comments over recent months on trade and NAFTA. "I don't know if people were aware that he supports a lot of discriminatory policies and practices", Treviño says.

Cornyn was not at the Senate leadership press conference Tuesday, as is customary. The former Republican senator from Alabama sharply criticized Cornyn's bipartisan effort a year ago to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system and revise some 1980s and '90s-era federal "tough on crime" laws.

Cornyn was interviewed for the post after President Donald Trump fired James Comey.

Still, the administration has considered roughly a dozen candidates to replace Comey-a list that includes top lawmakers as well as law enforcement figures.

On Monday, The Washington Post and others reported that Trump disclosed to Russian officials last week highly sensitive intelligence provided by an ally that didn't want it shared with the country. The partisan furor has underscored the need for an impartial and independent director.

Finally, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of former Republican Sen.

Democrats have rejected that explanation, noting that Trump praised Comey's actions during the 2016 election.

"It's not just because he's been a judge and an attorney general far longer than he's been a senator".

If he had been chosen, it would have created political upheaval in Texas with both parties fighting for his Senate seat. McConnell later agreed that he would be a good choice.

"Well, my recommendation to the president, who apparently said today he was not interested, I'd recommended he take a look at Judge Merrick Garland", McConnell said. Garland's selection also would afford Trump an opportunity to fill a new vacancy on one of the nation's most important federal benches.

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