Cornyn among 4 interviewing for Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Erica Roy
May 16, 2017

"It's not just because he's been a judge and an attorney general far longer than he's been a senator".

Abbate is a senior official at the FBI, now responsible for the bureau's criminal and cyber branch.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Respected among agents who felt he was a straight shooter, he probably has the credibility to steer the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of a hurricane of bad publicity.

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 U.S. attorney in New York's Southern District. He also serves as the Senate GOP's spokesperson on the legislation.

A commencement address by the number two Senate Republican and candidate for FBI Director was canceled Friday after opposition from students at the historically black university where he was scheduled to speak.

The FBI director is appointed to a 10-year-term (admittedly one that a president can cut short) precisely because he or she is supposed to be independent of any political party.

He also pledged not to discuss the Russian Federation investigation with the White House, saying it had adequate resources to proceed.

Mackowiak said that whomever Trump nominates will likely be confirmed "in the 51- to 54-vote range" because of the fallout after Comey's dismissal, and that the president can not nominate a loyalist like former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to the post.

Fisher was in charge of the criminal division of the Justice Department when lobbyist Jack Abramoff was prosecuted in a corruption case.

A former US attorney and Colorado attorney general, Suthers was elected mayor of Colorado Springs in 2015. Gen. Alice Fisher, New York appeals court Judge Michael Garcia, FBI special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia. "I hold director Comey in the highest regard". He became a hero to animal rights activists when he sentenced National Football League star Michael Vick to almost two years in prison in 2007 for running a dogfighting ring.

The candidates include the current acting director, a sitting congressman, a NY judge, and a former top Justice Department official during the George W. Bush administration.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said he highly regards Cornyn but would like to see Former Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend fill the role. She worked under then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani as a federal prosecutor in NY and worked in the Justice Department in a variety of positions.

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