GOP Senator John Cornyn Withdraws From Consideration to Replace Comey as FBI Director

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has released a statement saying that he is not interested in becoming the one who will take James Comey‘s place as FBI Director.

Shortly after Donald Trump‘s controversial decision to fire Comey, Cornyn’s name emerged as one of the most likely possibilities for a replacement head of the bureau. Cornyn is the second ranking Republican in the Senate, and CNN notes that he and several other candidates were interviewed at the Justice Department about the future of the FBI.

As it were, Cornyn’s office has announced that he will stay in the Senate:

“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director,” the statement reads. “I’ve informed the Administration that I’m committed to helping them find such an individual, and that the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the US Senate.”

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