Chuck Schumer last week said the Senate should not move ahead on a vote for a new FBI director until a special projector is appointed to lead an investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.
Last year, though, Cornyn said an independent prosecutor was necessary to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton and her email practices.
Cornyn is the second-ranking Senate Republican and has been more vocal in his support of Trump in recent weeks. But GOP senators set term limits for leadership posts and his ends at the start of 2019. But Democratic strategists have already put senators on notice they would hold their feet to the fire in voting against Cornyn. 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.
Gov. Greg Abbott would get to appoint a temporary successor to Cornyn, who would serve until the November general election, when all candidates of all parties would compete to serve the remainder of Cornyn's term.More news: Chicago supporters to honor freed Puerto Rico nationalist
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The decision by officials at Texas Southern University to cancel Cornyn's invitation came after students booed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' commencement speech at the historically black Bethune-Cookman University, thus disrupting the ceremony.
Once reserved for cheesy senior photos at campus landmarks, college commencement exercises have graduated into something different six months after Donald Trump was elected president: a battleground for protesting conservative policies and the people who promote them.
Cornyn has been identified as one of about a dozen contenders for the nomination.
McCabe, who had been the Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director before Comey was sacked, might be a more palatable choice for Democrats. Asked during the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would not say whether Trump recorded Oval Office conversations. Fisher and Townsend were the only women on the list of candidates.