John Cornyn Walks Away from Running for FBI Director
Texas Senator John Cornyn has taken his name out of the running to become the next FBI Director.
Cornyn said in a statement early tuesday that he is better able to advance the Republican agenda by staying in the U.S. Senate.
“I have always considered public service to be a great privilege. How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle,” the statement said.
He said he has notified the Trump administration of his intention to drop out.
“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director. 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 added.
Experts believe the Texas senator saw the handwriting on the wall and realized his chance of being appointed to the position is slim to none.
High ranking GOP officials have urged President Donald Trump to steer clear of appointing political figures to the position arguing that such appointments will be counter productive considering the controversy swirling around the president’s recent dismissal of James Comey from that post.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is one such skeptic. He said this week that appointing a politician will be a bad idea.
“John Cornyn is a wonderful man. Under normal circumstances, would be a superb choice to be FBI director,” the Republican senator told NBC’s “Meet the Press” this past weekend. “But these are not normal circumstances. We’ve got a chance to reset here as a nation.”
Senator John Cornyn was interviewed this weekend by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the open FBI Director position.
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