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Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn

19 May 2017

"I think the world of John Cornyn, and he would be a great choice in normal times, but we're not living in normal times", Sen.

John Cornyn for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director position last weekend, two Republicans familiar with the process told CNN Wednesday. "I've informed the administration that I'm committed to helping them find such an individual".

While Cornyn is one of the more popular members of the Senate GOP Conference, a number of his colleagues are skeptical that he would be the right choice for the job, anxious that such a pick would be viewed as too political at a time when many critics are questioning whether Comey was sacked to slow-walk the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian coordination with the Trump campaign during last year's elections.

Trump's firing of Comey last week set off a firestorm, particularly after Trump confirmed suspicions that the FBI's investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation played a part in his decision.

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Over the weekend, Sen.

Cornyn declined to say Monday evening whether the Russian Federation investigation came up during his interview, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions attended.

From a political landscape, Cornyn now serves as the Senate Majority Whip and Republicans control 52 Senate seats, both factors that may have lead some Republicans to try and convince Cornyn to hold his position. "As you know, he was a Texas Supreme Court Justice, he was the Texas Attorney General, and to my mind, that makes him more than qualified for any law enforcement related position", said Ratcliffe. Trump himself called and urged Cornyn to take the job, but the senator said in a statement Tuesday that he would rather remain in the Senate.

Cornyn is the Senate majority whip and the No. 2 Republican, a job that often puts him in the position of speaking for the party and defending Trump.

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His announcement comes on a particularly heady day in Washington as lawmakers grapple with the latest news out of the White House. After Trump won the election, the high court vacancy was filled last month by Neil Gorsuch.

"He didn't recuse from being attorney general", Cornyn told reporters.

Others being considered for the role include Alice Fisher, a white-collar defence lawyer who previously led the Justice Department's criminal division, and Michael Garcia, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who previously served as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York. It's not immediately clear who remains in contention.

"We are moving quickly and expeditiously to pick an interim and a permanent replacement, and we're doing our due diligence -we're not going to cut any corners", a source told Fox News. Asked if any of the eight candidates interviewed so far would satisfy rank-and-file agents, he replied, "I don't see any in that list".

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Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn