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Texas Sen. John Cornyn Drops Out Of Running For FBI Chief

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn Drops Out Of Running For FBI Chief by Chuck Ross.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn has withdrawn his name from consideration as FBI director, he announced Tuesday.

“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director. 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 U.S. Senate,” Cornyn said in a statement.

Cornyn is the second congressional Republican to have dropped out of consideration to take over as FBI chief following last week’s firing of James Comey.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was also in the running to replace Comey. He announced on Monday that he was withdrawing his name from the FBI short list.

Cornyn and Gowdy met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Saturday to discuss the position.

Cornyn and Gowdy likely would have faced a difficult confirmation process given their partisan backgrounds. Trump’s choice will oversee the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government during the presidential campaign.

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