GOP candidate for Federal Bureau of Investigation says no special counsel for inquiry
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) took himself out of the running to be the nation’s next Federal Bureau of Investigation director, informing President Donald Trump’s administration that he intends to stay in the Senate instead. “How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle”.
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Democrats are working behind the scenes to try to get wary and concerned GOP senators to join them in their push to block any selection unless Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein names a special counsel.
The latest involved firing the FBI director leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election (and possible collusion by the Trump campaign), and then the president outing an important intelligence source to Russian visitors in the Oval Office. “I am excited that he is the type of candidate President Trump is considering for such an important position”, said Ratcliffe.
Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Tuesday that he’d recommended that Trump nominate Garland for the post.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wraps up his keynote address to delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
A new whip would also mean an adjustment for the Senate Republican Conference.
According to CNN, at least eight people have been identified as candidates for the position, including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
The ranking Democrat of the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, made a similar pledge last week. “I spoke briefly with Attorney General Sessions Saturday when I returned and again this afternoon”. John Cornyn becoming the latest to drop out of the running on Tuesday. The bill died in the Senate over conservative opposition, and Sessions has ordered the Department of Justice to be tougher, not more lenient on criminals.
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 past year. Sen.
“We have no idea whether or not there are tapes but if there are tapes then they should be turned over”, Collins said.