GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry

Multiple Republican senators said in recent days that whoever is nominated should not be a partisan politician but a figure detached from legislative work in Washington.

Trump's firing of Comey, the man in charge of an investigation into possible collusion between 2016 election campaign associates and the Russian government, has outraged many lawmakers, including some Republicans.

"I have always considered public service to be a great privilege", the Majority Whip said in a statement on Tuesday.

All four will be interviewed by Sessions and Rosenstein, the two top officials in the Justice Department.

The Justice Department interviewed eight candidates over the weekend, three of whom are current or former politicians and none of whom have the kind of nonpartisan support that Comey had when President Obama selected him in 2013.

Several Republican senators had promoted Garland even though they had refused to give him a hearing when Republican Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated Garland a year ago for a then-vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.

November 13, 2016: In a CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast after the election, Trump says he hasn't decided whether to keep Comey.

"People who really know him think of him as Judge Cornyn, not Senator Cornyn", said former Texas solicitor general and Cornyn chief counsel James Ho, referring to Cornyn's tenure on the Texas Supreme Court.

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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. But GOP senators set term limits for leadership posts and his ends at the start of 2019.

Cornyn, a former attorney general and Supreme Court justice in the state of Texas, is now the GOP's majority whip in the Senate. 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.

Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte, a former New Hampshire attorney general who lost her seat in the US Senate a year ago, has been pushed by some of her Senate colleagues and some Republican advisers to the White House who believe that she would easily be confirmed.

November 6, 2016: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted. "All it does is heighten the attention given to the issue".

Spokespeople for Cornyn did not immediately respond to emails on Friday night.

That would be a worrying sign for most people, but especially someone whose name has been floated to head the agency responsible for investigating civil rights cases. John Cornyn in the face of "stark opposition" from students to the talk.

The university said it had asked Cornyn to visit at a later date. "The Democrats will not view Cornyn as an objective, independent voice", said Suri.

September 4, 2013: Comey is sworn in to office as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Does he appoint a young, Latino Republican like George P. Bush?" Garcia served as assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as the USA attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he led the investigation into a prostitution ring that ultimately forced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to resign.

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