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

Posted May 19, 2017

John Cornyn, one of several candidates President Donald Trump is considering to replace fired FBI Director James Comey, sees no need for a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle".

Other lawmakers reported to be on the short list include South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, a form federal prosecutor, and former Representative Mike Rogers from MI.

"He made a very wise decision, and every Republican breathes a sigh of relief", he told The Dallas Morning News before stepping into an elevator.

Trump's habits of contradicting his top aides, demanding personal loyalty and punishing officials who contradict him in public has discouraged a number of experienced people from pursuing jobs, said three people who declined to discuss possible positions with administration officials.

Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts praised Cornyn's qualifications earlier this week, but on Tuesday, didn't mince words when asked about the news he withdrew from consideration.

Cornyn would likely face significant resistance from Democrats if nominated. Sen.

Like most of his GOP colleagues, Cornyn has said a special prosecutor isn't needed and has expressed confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is heading the investigation.

McConnell said Tuesday that he told President Donald Trump that he ought to pick Garland, whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama was blocked by Senate Republicans. A longtime friend of Garland tells The Associated Press that Garland is happy in his job and has no interest in leaving the judiciary to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"That illustrates the kind of person I hope and expect will come next", said McConnell.

Democrats and a few Republicans called for Trump to appoint someone outside of the political sphere for the job.

The meetings come a day after news broke that Trump allegedly asked Comey in February to drop the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cornyn is the Senate majority whip and the No. 2 Republican, a job that often puts him in the position of speaking for the party and defending Trump.

"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. Federal judges have lifetime appointments.