Search for New FBI Director Moving Fast

Jackie Newman
May 17, 2017

Both Cornyn's cancellation and DeVos' booing, which inspired more than 200 black college professors to write an open "love letter" to the students who raised their voices, follow Trump's May 5 assertion that federal funding for historically black education institutions may be unconstitutional.

"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", he said.

The petition accused Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, of supporting "discriminatory policies and politicians", and argued that hosting him as a commencement speaker would contradict the university's values.

On Monday, Cornyn, who has insisted he has not been offered the job, told CNN he interviewed this weekend for 45 minutes with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of his former Senate colleagues, and Rod Rosenstein, who is the deputy attorney general.

That's according to two White House officials briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans.

Cornyn is a longtime senator who dutifully rose the ranks to become majority whip, and muses about queso on Twitter. "But these are not normal circumstances". "The Democrats will not view Cornyn as an objective, independent voice", said Suri. Texas law allows the governor to appoint an interim replacement, but only until a permanent replacement can be elected, either at a special election or at the next uniform election date (in this case, presumably the November 7 election). Larry Thompson, former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush is also said to be under consideration.

Cornyn is not expected to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is not term-limited and is widely respected among Republican senators.

Were he chosen, Cornyn would be stepping onto history's stage at a crucial juncture in the Trump presidency.

Mackowiak said that whomever Trump nominates will likely be confirmed "in the 51- to 54-vote range" because of the fallout after Comey's dismissal, and that the president can not nominate a loyalist like former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to the post. Cornyn said "I have the distinct privilege of serving 28 million Texans in the United States Senate, and that is where my focus remains". That means Cornyn is on the verge of hitting a professional ceiling, so the 10-year term of Federal Bureau of Investigation director might be a logical next move. Alice FisherCurrently a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins specializing in white-collar criminal and internal investigations, Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.

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