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Texas university cancels GOP senator's speech on student petition

16 May, 2017, 10:12 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
  • Texas university cancels GOP senator's speech on student petition

One of several candidates President Donald Trump is considering to replace fired FBI Director James Comey sees no need for a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"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.

GOP senators had mixed reactions to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn being considered to replace former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. He serves as Senate majority whip, making him the second-ranking Republican in the chamber.

Asked about the White House's shifting explanations for Comey's firing, Cornyn said he still backed the President's decision and supported the initial reasoning behind the firing - that Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation. 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. During the campaign, Cornyn and McConnell, along with many other Republicans, questioned Trump's tone and suggested that his angry tweets may not always be productive.

It ticks off a list of Cornyn's policy stances: He voted for DeVos for U.S. Education secretary and against expanding a children's health insurance program.

"What I want people to realize is that this is our commencement", Trevino said.

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"The only thing I can say is that it was done to ensure that our students and families enjoyed their special day", university spokesman Kendrick D. Callis told The Texas Tribune.

It was not immediately clear who would replace Cornyn at the ceremony.

The timing of a nomination is far from clear, although Trump is also said to be considering an interim director until his nominee is confirmed.

All things considered, though, by Monday Cornyn's chances of getting the appointment seemed to be tanking. But in the days afterward, the White House struggled to maintain a consistent explanation for the firing, with Trump contradicting his communications team and saying it was "not possible" for them to be accurate all the time.

Other possible nominees are, according to the reports, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Alice Fisher, formerly Justice Department criminal division chief; and Michael Garcia, a NY state appeals judge and former USA attorney in New York's Southern District.

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