US President Donald Trump stands at the doorway of the West Wing awaiting the arrival of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House in Washington, US May 16, 2017.
Cornyn, a former state attorney general, was interviewed for the position after Trump abruptly fired director James Comey last week. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) also called for a special prosecutor this past week. "In order to gain the credibility, it may be that we need to look to an independent commission or special prosecutor".
Trump didn't ask him to reconsider. "The chaos surrounding the firing of James Comey created this issue for them to have to do it perfectly this time".
Appearing on ABC's "This Week", Sen.
The ranking Democrat of the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, made a similar pledge last week.
According to a new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, only 29 percent of people approve of the president's decision to fire Director Comey. About 32 percent of respondents said they didn't have enough information to answer.
When asked on "Face the Nation" last month if it was appropriate for Trump to comment on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, Cornyn said "sometimes I think this is a distraction from what we should be doing".
The search for a new FBI Director comes as some people in Congress are calling for an independent, special prosecutor to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. While Cornyn is well-liked on Capitol Hill, he is seen as a partisan whose confirmation hearing would have been expected to be highly contentious.
"It's not a criminal investigation".
The petition said Cornyn's backing of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among other things, showed that he supported "discriminatory policies and politicians". That means Cornyn is on the verge of hitting a professional ceiling, so the 10-year term of Federal Bureau of Investigation director might be a logical next move.
Cornyn is reportedly amongst a handful of candidates under consideration for the role and received strong praise from U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe.
Fisher is a former assistant US attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division and is now a partner in Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his election to the Senate in 2002, Cornyn served as Texas attorney general, a Texas Supreme Court justice and a local judge. "We've got a chance to reset here as a nation". Garland was former president Barack Obama's nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but Republicans blocked the nomination a year ago to allow Obama's successor to make the choice. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invite Rosenstein, who has been at the center of the controversy after authoring a memo that recommended Comey be dismissed.
Vice President Mike Pence and other senior Republicans have said they would back Garland. The White House has shifted its account of why Comey was sacked multiple times since it was announced last Tuesday.
The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected firing of Comey. He also denounced Comey as a "showboat".