Cornyn Could Face Senate Resistance If Tapped By Trump To Lead FBI

Texas Southern University said Friday that it has canceled its commencement speech by John Cornyn, the USA senator who represents the public university.

As Senate majority whip, Cornyn holds the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Senate.

He had fired Mr Comey for being a "showboat" and eroding public trust in the FBI but had praised him repeatedly during the 2016 campaign for coming forward about the investigation into then-opponent Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send classified emails while she was Secretary of State.

Cornyn is a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

Trump's sudden removal of Comey from the position this week set off a political firestorm in Washington, furling fears that the president was trying to stifle the bureau's probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Cornyn has also occasionally criticized Trump - albeit gently.

Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer.

But the Republican party's aim now is to get the GOP healthcare bill passed and Cornyn's absence could be detrimental as the senator has been in almost every meeting regarding replacing Obamacare.

The petition, which took issue with Cornyn's support of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as evidence the senator supports "discriminatory policies and politicians", received more than 800 signatures.

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.

Trump's ultimate choice will have to be approved by the Senate and will serve a 10 year term, unless removed by a president in the future. Ted Cruz both backed Trump's decision to fire Comey.

They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering. He's been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 20 years, and is one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who interviewed this week for the role of interim director. Larry Thompson, former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush is also said to be under consideration.

At least eight candidates for the FBI's top job have been interviewed in the week since Comey's dismissal.

"What I want people to realize is that this is our commencement", Trevino said. Reports indicate he was one of a growing list of candidates, along with Fisher, Garcia, and McCabe, who were interviewed over the weekend.

He was made acting director of the agency after Comey was sacked.

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