Cornyn says he will stay in Senate, won't be FBI director

While Cornyn would likely enjoy support from a majority of his fellow Republicans if Trump were to nominate him to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director, at least one of his colleagues has expressed reservations. "But these are not normal circumstances", said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R-SC).

Cornyn was one of many candidates under considation to replace James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week.

Cornyn said in a statement that he had informed the White House that "the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the US Senate".

Comey has made no public statements since being fired, and he declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session, ranking member Mark Warner told MSNBC on Friday.

The former Texas attorney general, who also served on the Texas Supreme Court, met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions last weekend about the role.

On Monday, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy announced that he, too, removed himself from consideration.

A critical letter from Rosenstein was then cited as a recommendation in the president's letter dismissing Comey.

But the rancor in Washington since the dramatic Comey firing escalated over the last week, to the point that even a congenial figure like Cornyn was considered problematic because he is a partisan Republican.

"Having a politician such as him speak at our institution is an insult to the students, to TSU, and to all (historically black colleges and universities)", said the petition on the site.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas talks May 10 with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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. His nomination could cause concern among Democrats, said the Washington Post, in light of his increasing public support for President Donald Trump, including a statement this week that claims Trump fired Comey in order to obstruct the FBI's Russian Federation investigation was a "phony narrative".

Cornyn would not comment about Trump's threats to release a tape of his conversations with Comey - or if Congress should obtain those tapes.

The first candidate to be interviewed was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

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