Sen. John Cornyn up for FBI Director Job

John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, as well as several other candidates for the spot, Graham said the Texas senator, who is a former judge and attorney general of the state, was not the right choice.

And he would not say if there was a pledge for loyalty, as Trump reportedly asked Comey to commit to earlier this year, though the White House has denied that account.

"I talked to Senator Cornyn on Friday morning, and he had been contacted directly by President Trump to talk about a number of Federal Bureau of Investigation director candidates including himself", said Ratcliffe, who added Cornyn told him he had not decided if he would pursue the position. On the Republican side, obvious potential candidates for appointment or election would be Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who toyed with running against Sen.

His office didn't immediately provide comment on the reports.

The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a USA facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015. "It's not just because he's been a judge and an attorney general far longer than he's been a senator". He had previously served as Texas Attorney General and as a Texas Supreme Court justice.

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More than a dozen candidates are under consideration for the job. Trump cited Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his dismissal, but others are anxious that the firing may have had something to do with the agency's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, during the election. "He has a duty and obligation to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane", Graham said.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wraps up his keynote address to delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas on May 13, 2016. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey. Comey served for three and a half years before being dismissed by Trump.

"Frankly, I think there's a case to be made that you want the most qualified person who can handle the issues and lead us in the direction we need to go", he told Politico.

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