John Cornyn, one of several candidates President Donald Trump is considering to replace fired FBI Director James Comey, sees no need for a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
On Thursday, Cornyn was named one of 11 people on the short list to replace the fired James Comey as FBI Director.
As Senate majority whip, Cornyn holds the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Senate. Moreover, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and being equal in tenure to Cornyn (both being class of '03), Graham's opposition could put a major spanner in the works for any potential plans for his Texas colleague's move to the J. Edgar Hoover Building. The school wasn't immediately available for comment.
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So that leaves Trump to choose a figure without a national profile like former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher or New York Court of Appeals judge Michael Garcia, or a more known quantity like Cornyn.
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Asked about a special prosecutor last week, Cornyn mentioned Rosenstein and said "certainly that's a possibility, but as long as there's no question about his ability to oversee the investigation, there's no need for it in my view".
On Tuesday, following President Trump's dismissal of Director Comey, Cornyn tweeted: "Ds were against Comey before they were for him", referring to many Democrats frustration revolving Comey's statements made prior to the 2016 election about Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server. Similarly, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham took to the Sunday shows and said, "John Cornyn under normal circumstances would be a superb choice to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director".
"I think the process is going to go quickly", Trump said to pool reporters. Among them are Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber and Representative Trey Gowdy of SC, who led the most recent congressional investigation into the Benghazi attacks.
Also, Trump reportedly demanded loyalty out of Comey, who said he only promised his honesty. Lindsey Graham said he'd normally support Cornyn, but due to the political climate, he feels that someone who isn't involved in politics is more suited for 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.