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GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

20 May 2017

"How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle", Cornyn said.

"I have called repeatedly on the attorney general to appoint a special counsel to fully and fairly conduct the investigation", Cornyn said on the Senate floor in March 2016. "Cornyn is a former attorney general of Texas, and member of the state Supreme Court". While Cornyn is well-liked on Capitol Hill, he is seen as a partisan whose confirmation hearing would have been expected to be highly contentious.

Over the weekend, Sen.

In addition to Cornyn, Judge Merrick Garland also reportedly has no interest in taking over the position. But the FBI mission has changed drastically since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with the bureau now as much a part of the nation's intelligence apparatus as it is a law enforcement body.

The second-ranking Republican senator announced his decision following two days of resistance from his own Republican colleagues to the idea of him filling the post.

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But Cornyn's decision not to pursue the Federal Bureau of Investigation directorship is good for the senator himself.

Such an appointment would put Cornyn in one of the most contentious positions in the USA government. They must be confirmed by the Senate.

His announcement comes on a particularly heady day in Washington as lawmakers grapple with the latest news out of the White House.

Garland has a lifetime appointment to the bench, and leaving his post would create yet another vacancy for President Trump to fill. "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".

Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte, a former New Hampshire attorney general who lost her seat in the US Senate a year ago, has been pushed by some of her Senate colleagues and some Republican advisers to the White House who believe that she would easily be confirmed.

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also withdrew himself from consideration after speaking with Sessions on Saturday.

It was not immediately clear who would replace Cornyn at the ceremony.

The termination letter from President Donald Trump to FBI Director James Comey is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

"We're not at that point in the process", he told reporters.

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