Texas Sen. John Cornyn 'Not Interested' in FBI Director Job

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law

The Trump administration's search for a new FBI Director hit roadblocks on Tuesday, after two high-profile potential candidates, a moderate judge and a conservative senator, indicated they do not want the job.

Senate Democrats are demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein name a special prosecutor for an investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 US presidential elections before moving forward with Comey's replacement. "How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle".

It's unclear how seriously Cornyn was being considered for the position, but he was among several candidates interviewed over the weekend.

Last year, though, Cornyn said an independent prosecutor was necessary to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton and her email practices.

Cornyn is former Texas Supreme Court judge and attorney general, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy took himself out of consideration on Monday.

Graham was referring, obviously, to Trump's clumsy decision to fire Comey, which, as the president told NBC's Lester Holt, was accompanied by the thought that "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

Cornyn is set to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week about the position, and is seriously considering taking it if offered, sources told Politico. 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. The source declined to be named because the decision was private.

Garland's name began to surface as a possible replacement last week when GOP Sen.

It is not that we don't believe Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, couldn't have brought a measure of integrity to the job.

A source familiar with Cornyn's thinking told Fox News he felt obligated to consider the opportunity of leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of a desire to restore stability - and because his close friend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asked him.

Garland has a lifetime appointment to the bench, and leaving his post would create yet another vacancy for President Trump to fill. His predecessor, Robert Mueller, was a US attorney in San Francisco.

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