Author: Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief
On his way to Liberty University in Virginia where he delivered the commencement speech, President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he’s working double time to announce his pick to replace James Comey as head of the FBI.
“We can make a fast decision” according to Vox.
When asked whether he could announce a nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Middle East and Europe on his first trip abroad as president, Trump responded, “Even that is possible.”
Nearly a dozen people are being considered, including attorneys, law enforcement officials and legislators.
“They’ve been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well-known, high-respected, really talented people,” Trump said. “And that’s what we want for the FBI.”
One name that may have floated to the head of the list is Texas Senator John Cornyn. According to Politico, Cornyn spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week and is scheduled to meet with him again today – a sign that things might be getting serious.
In the short-term, the Texas Republican’s elevation would trigger a new round of leadership elections in the Senate, where McConnell is the only GOP leader not subject to term limits at the end of 2018. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 Republican, would be the early favorite to succeed Cornyn as whip. A source close to Thune said he is likely to run for the whip position if Cornyn leaves the Senate.
A Senate vacancy in Texas would be a major prize for Republicans in the state. Though Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is already challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, Cornyn’s seat would still be viewed as an easy hold for Republicans. Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) has shown recent interest in a Senate run. If Cornyn is confirmed as FBI director there would be a special election for the seat, though the Texas governor would appoint an interim replacement.
Here at allenbwest.com we’re especially interested in what happens in Texas since we know someone very well who lives there…just sayin’.
What do you think? Would Cornyn be a good choice?
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]