"We can make a fast decision", President Trump said.
Responding to an email inquiry from Breitbart Texas, Senator Cornyn wrote, "I have the distinct privilege of serving 28 million Texans in the United States Senate, and that is where my focus remains". The petition included the stances Senator Cornyn has taken which include confirmation votes in favor of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, opposing funding for sanctuary cities to protect immigrants and supporting photo IDs for voting.
Other lawmakers reported to be on the short list include South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, a form federal prosecutor, and former Representative Mike Rogers from MI.
Cornyn is one of the eight names being interviewed to potentially succeed Comey, who President Donald Trump fired May 4.
"My suspicion is he may be ready for a new challenge; he's been in the Senate now for quite a while", said Vanderbilt University law professor Brian Fitzpatrick, who worked as Cornyn's special counsel on the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
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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. Trump also is looking at former Rep.
Trump's sudden removal of Comey from the position this week set off a political firestorm in Washington, furling fears that the president was trying to stifle the bureau's probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
"I don't have a reason to subpoena them", Graham said.
"I think it's now time to pick somebody that comes from within the ranks or is such a reputation that has no political background at all", he said.
If Cornyn were selected, there likely would be Democratic concern about handing over the nation's premier law enforcement agency to a Republican who - despite being considered an affable senator - has served as a prominent partisan attack dog.
Rebecca Treviño, who is graduating with a degree in social work, said she and a group of others from her social work classes made a decision to start the petition to raise awareness about Cornyn's stance on key issues.