Cornyn will hit his limit in January 2019. On the Republican side, obvious potential candidates for appointment or election would be Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who toyed with running against Sen. "As you know, he was a Texas Supreme Court Justice, he was the Texas Attorney General, and to my mind, that makes him more than qualified for any law enforcement related position", said Ratcliffe. He previously served as an assistant USA attorney for the district, and also served as acting commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That role is outsized for Cornyn because of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to publicly weigh in on most issues.
In an interview with us media, President Trump also accused him being a "showboat" and a "grandstander".
Gov. Greg Abbott would get to appoint a temporary successor to Cornyn, who would serve until the November general election, when all candidates of all parties would compete to serve the remainder of Cornyn's term. The most obvious politician, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, was prompted to put out a statement that he did not want the appointment and had no desire to run for the job.
"I would be sorry to lose Senator Cornyn, but would he be a great FBI Director?"
Officials also spoke with acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, attorney Alice Fisher, federal Judge Henry Hudson and former Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend, according to CBS News.
The timing of a nomination is far from clear, although Trump is also said to be considering an interim director until his nominee is confirmed.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that selecting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to reset, and dismissed Cornyn and another candidate, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, as less desirable.
How partisan has Cornyn been?
Cornyn's office agreed that the focus of the commencement should be on the student's academic achievements and he bowed out. If there were any hard feelings, Cornyn and Rubio seemed to have made up.
He is standing in for ousted director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump this past week. "I am excited that he is the type of candidate President Trump is considering for such an important position", said Ratcliffe.
A statement released by university spokesman Kendrick Callis said commencement speaker Sen.
He had fired Mr Comey for being a "showboat" and eroding public trust in the FBI but had praised him repeatedly during the 2016 campaign for coming forward about the investigation into then-opponent Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send classified emails while she was Secretary of State. Cornyn dismissed the two controversies as "apples and oranges". The odds look high that John Cornyn will continue to serve Texas in the Senate.