Texas Sen., candidate for FBI, says no special counsel for inquiry

Posted May 16, 2017

Graham was referring, obviously, to Trump's clumsy decision to fire Comey, which, as the president told NBC's Lester Holt, was accompanied by the thought that "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

His position echoes that of most of the Senate GOP caucus.

McCabe on Thursday contradicted the Trump White House when he called the probe into the possible Russian meddling in the United States election as "a highly significant investigation" and commented that Comey still "enjoyed broad support within the FBI".

Cornyn was one of several candidates interviewed on Friday at the Department of Justice.

More than a dozen candidates are under consideration for the job.

Abbate and Rogers share former Federal Bureau of Investigation experience, as does the current acting director.

Trump, who abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, appears poised to act quickly on finding his replacement, which will require Senate confirmation. You may recall that McConnell blocked a confirmation vote on Garland's appointment by then-President Obama to the Supreme Court past year. Trump also is looking at former Rep.

After the news broke of Comey's ouster, Graham said he supported the move.

The petition accused Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, of supporting "discriminatory policies and politicians", and argued that hosting him as a commencement speaker would contradict the university's values.

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And if Patrick were to succeed Cornyn in Washington, the members of the Texas Senate would select his successor until a new lieutenant governor was elected in 2018. "He has a duty and obligation to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane", Graham said.

"We can make a fast decision", President Trump said Saturday morning.

Saturday's graduating class contains 1100 students.

A Houston university has canceled an upcoming commencement speech by Sen.

Cornyn aides told the Chronicle that the senator "respects the Administration's decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the University in the future".

DeVos, who was announced as Bethune-Cookman University's graduation speaker less than two weeks ago, had been protested by many including current students and alumni.

Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and attorney general, knows how special college graduation can be for families. He's held multiple leadership positions, including overseeing the FBI's national security branch and its Washington field office.

A former New York prosecutor, Garcia has served as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals - the state's highest court - since early 2016. Trump's nominee will fail if three Republicans vote against their president.