Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Shortlist to Replace Comey as FBI Head

Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Shortlist to Replace Comey as FBI Head

Townsend is one of more than a dozen candidates President Donald Trum.

The list of candidates to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to grow Saturday, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions interviewed five potential replacements for the ousted James Comey.

Cornyn, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, was expected to speak at the Houston HBCU's ceremony on Saturday. You may recall that McConnell blocked a confirmation vote on Garland's appointment by then-President Obama to the Supreme Court a year ago.

Trump also tweeted a warning to Comey on Friday, saying he "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press". In the aftermath of Comey's dismissal, Cornyn said Trump was "within his authority" to fire him and said it would not affect the investigation of possible Russian ties to Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump said, however, that he would have removed Comey no matter the advice from Rosenstein or Sessions.

Other possible nominees are, according to the reports, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Alice Fisher, formerly Justice Department criminal division chief; and Michael Garcia, a NY state appeals judge and former USA attorney in New York's Southern District. While Cornyn's term as whip ends next year, he would still remain an influential senior senator with a term that runs through 2020.

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The search for former FBI Director James Comey's replacement is on.

Schumer also said he supports calls to block a nomination until a special prosecutor is appointed to take over the investigation. But Democratic strategists have already put senators on notice they would hold their feet to the fire in voting against Cornyn. John Cornyn (R) speak after a successful petition.

Politics mattered Saturday at Texas Southern University, and Texans are worse off for it.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said he would like to see the nominee pass with bipartisan support - a feat which could prove hard for Cornyn. "Sen. Cornyn was honored to be invited to address TSU's graduates, but he respects the administration's decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the University in the future", said a Cornyn spokesman.

Rogers was a former chairman of the House intelligence committee before becoming a CNN national security commentator and has the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association. "Does he appoint a young, Latino Republican like George P. Bush?" Garcia is a judge on the New York Court of Appeals. Trump's nominee will fail if three Republicans vote against their president.

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