Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cornyn Takes Himself Out of FBI Running

Cornyn Takes Himself Out of FBI Running

"I still have a lot of confidence in the Senate intelligence committee", Toomey said.

The shockwaves that reverberated through Washington last week with the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey might take a while to subside as members of the House and Senate will remain focused this week on why it happened and the ramifications for the investigations into Russia's meddling in the USA elections.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also withdrew himself from consideration after speaking with Sessions on Saturday. He announced on Monday that he was withdrawing his name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation short list.

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.

When asked whether Sessions involvement with the search raised any concerns - since Sessions had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation - Cornyn said he did not see any conflict. But, as Politico noted last week, his current leadership position comes with term limits, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shows no signs of leaving his post in the near future.

Several Republican senators had promoted Garland even though they had refused to give him a hearing when Republican Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated Garland a year ago for a then-vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.

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Despite reports that Mr Trump is dreading this trip, his administration says he is eager to press the agenda he campaigned on. That will create a quandary and some friction for Trump as he attempts to bring Arabs into a regional approach to Palestine.

President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but McConnell declined to even hold a hearing.

Democrats are expected to raise fierce concerns about any nominee seen as a partisan defender of Mr. Trump and Senate Republican leaders are hoping to avoid such a conflict. But Trump has remained leery of Ayotte, who publicly broke with him during his presidential campaign and criticized him, according to people close to the White House.

Mackowiak said that whomever Trump nominates will likely be confirmed "in the 51- to 54-vote range" because of the fallout after Comey's dismissal, and that the president can not nominate a loyalist like former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to the post.

The lengthy roster of potential candidates to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey is slimming, with Sen.

"I don't think we're there yet", Arizona Sen.

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