The Trump administration's search for a new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hit roadblocks on Tuesday when two high-profile potential candidates, a moderate judge and a conservative senator, signalled they did not want the job.
Cornyn is the second lawmaker to drop out of consideration for the job to replace FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired last week.
And on Monday, Sen.
"I think the world of John Cornyn, and he would be a great choice in normal times, but we're not living in normal times", Sen.
Lieberman told CNN the appointment "was not sought after or expected", but that he got a call Tuesday asking him to fly into Washington for the interview.
With Garland, Collins said: "No one could argue that he was beholden to anybody in any way and he would bring integrity and independence to the job".
That firing has sparked heated questions from members of Congress in both parties who have called for a closer look into why Comey was sacked and whether it was tied to the Russian Federation investigation. He says he is "committed" to helping find Comey's replacement.
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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.
■ Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte, a former New Hampshire attorney general who lost her seat in the US Senate previous year, 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.
One source said that Trump favored Cornyn for the post.
"I found the Rod Rosenstein email compelling - that's still my view".
Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. But Collins, like other Republicans, said the White House should be prepared to turn them over.
"He has an extensive background in the criminal justice field", Rottinghaus says. Gen. Alice Fisher, New York appeals court Judge Michael Garcia, FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia.
Like most Republicans, Cornyn has supported an investigation into Russian interference in the USA elections conducted by the existing GOP-run committees, not a special bicameral panel.