Donald Trump’s hunt for an FBI director just got a lot more challenging. His reported number one pick, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is every bit as partisan as Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and all the other Republicans who continue to defend Trump, no matter what, says he’s not interested in the job. This, following revelations that Trump gave classified information to the Russians.
Of course, Cornyn didn’t say that in his statement. Instead he issued a boilerplate statement — the only missing thing was his saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
In a statement released by his office on Tuesday, Cornyn, the Senate’s majority whip, said the country needs a “well-credentialed” and “independent” FBI director to replace James Comey, who was fired by the president last week.
“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,” he said.
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To be fair, Cornyn might have been reading the writing on the wall. As a Senator, he’s as right-wing as they come. His voting record is consistently anti-civil rights, anti-women’s rights and pro-corporate rights. Many in the Senate, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, are calling for someone less partisan to fill the position.
In a separate appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the next FBI director ought to be someone “outside the political lane.”
“Under normal circumstances, [Cornyn] would be a superb choice to be FBI director,” he said. “But these are not normal circumstances.”
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senators went even further, saying there should be no hearing for an FBI leader until we have an independent investigation.
“Yes, I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,” Schumer told host Jake Tapper when asked whether he would support a move to block any potential FBI director until an independent investigator is named. “We will have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move, because who the FBI director is, is related to who the special prosecutor is.”
Beyond the uphill battle for confirmation, Cornyn has to be concerned about Trump’s sloppy handling of classified information. On Monday it was reported that Trump passed classified information to the Russians — information that came from Israel, our top ally in the war on terror and Republicans’ (including Cornyn’s) favorite country. Yes, Trump is technically within his rights to declassify information, but if a country can’t be confident that secrets will be kept, they will be far more reluctant to share secrets. As much as Cornyn and Republicans would like a warmer relationship with Russia, losing the confidence of Israel is a bridge too far.
Cornyn may not have officially left the sinking ship, but you know the rats are gathered in the gallows, trying to figure out what to do about the Disaster-in-Chief and trying to figure out how to keep their own credibility and ultimately, their jobs. As Cornyn seems to be learning, being associated with Trump is toxic.
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