Historically black college cancels Republican Senator John Cornyn's speech

Claudine Rigal
Mai 16, 2017

President Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to replace recently ousted former director James Comey.

Both Cornyn's cancellation and DeVos' booing, which inspired more than 200 black college professors to write an open "love letter" to the students who raised their voices, follow Trump's May 5 assertion that federal funding for historically black education institutions may be unconstitutional.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the current Senate majority whip and former attorney general of Texas, is another contender to replace Comeny who is being interviewed Saturday.

Whoever is selected for the position will face intense scrutiny from Democrats and Republicans and will be responsible for overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, along with the typical responsibilities of managing an agency of over 35,000 employees. So unless the conference gives Cornyn a waiver to serve longer, the senior senator from Texas will go from the number two Republican in the Senate to just another senator, albeit one with seniority.

"This demands a serious down-the-middle investigation", the Democrat said of the Trump-Russia question. But Kelly also came under fire for his use of aggressive police tactics, including a program that spied on Muslims and a dramatic spike in the use of stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately affected nonwhite New Yorkers.

Cornyn's served as Texas' Attorney General, a Texas Supreme Court justice and a local judge.

Cornyn, 65, would likely have the support of his Republican colleagues if nominated. Texans elected Cornyn to the U.S. Senate in 2002 to fill the seat of retiring Senator Phil Gramm.

He is standing in for ousted director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump this past week.

He is a longtime FBI agent who led the Washington Field Office before he was elevated to the bureau's No. 2 post in 2016. Although Cornyn remained relatively neutral in last year's election, he hit Trump after video came out in which the presidential contender claimed he kissed women whenever he wanted and grabbed them by the crotch.

Fisher was assistant attorney general for the department's criminal division under President George W. Bush.

At least eight candidates for the FBI's top job have been interviewed in the week since Comey's dismissal.

Trump, who abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, appears poised to act quickly on finding his replacement, which will require Senate confirmation.

'Please recall that Coretta Scott King urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would "irreparably damage the work of my husband, " the petition said.

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