GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

Cornyn said in a statement that he had informed the White House that "the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the US Senate".

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to put his weight behind his top deputy, instead pushing another potential candidate, Merrick Garland, who was former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick before the majority leader led an effort to scuttle his nomination previous year. Sen.

Compared with the other choices interviewed by Sessions and the Department of Justice over the weekend, Cornyn is well-known to current senators. Get email alerts from KSAT12 today.

Cornyn is close to Attorney General Jeff Sessions from their days as colleagues in the upper chamber of Congress.

And House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced he was inviting Comey to testify before his committee next Wednesday, though the committee has yet to make contact with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

In the wake of a bombshell story about the president spilling classified information to the Russians and FBI Director James Comey's stunning dismissal a week ago, whoever is nominated for the position will face intense scrutiny from both parties.

"People who really know him think of him as Judge Cornyn, not Senator Cornyn", said former Texas solicitor general and Cornyn chief counsel James Ho, referring to Cornyn's tenure on the Texas Supreme Court.

"He didn't recuse from being attorney general", Cornyn told reporters.

Trey Gowdy, a SC representative and former prosecutor known for his no-nonsense style in committee hearings, was another popular name from Capitol Hill to surface.

A look at key moments in Comey's tenure, the lead-up to Trump's decision to fire him and developments since then.

Democrats are expected to raise fierce concerns about any nominee seen as a partisan defender of Mr. Trump and Senate Republican leaders are hoping to avoid such a conflict.

When asked whether Sessions involvement with the search raised any concerns - since Sessions had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation - Cornyn said he did not see any conflict.

Asked about a special prosecutor last week, Cornyn mentioned Rosenstein and said "certainly that's a possibility, but as long as there's no question about his ability to oversee the investigation, there's no need for it in my view".

Cornyn's decision ends speculation of a special election in Texas for an open Senate seat and keeps a Texan in a powerful legislative leadership position.

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