Republican Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday removed himself from consideration to be the next director of the FBI.
The Texan lawmaker’s decision comes after two days of resistance from his own Senate colleagues who suggested he might not be right person to fill the post.
Cornyn and at least seven others met with top Justice Department officials over the weekend about filling the vacant FBI Director position.
“I’ve informed the Administration that I’m committed to helping them find such an individual, and that the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the US Senate,” Cornyn said.
His announcement came a day after Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy also withdrew his name from consideration.
The vacancy at the bureau’s highest position was created following the surprise firing of James Comey last week.
The Daily Caller reports:
Cornyn and Gowdy likely would have faced a difficult confirmation process given their partisan backgrounds. Trump’s choice will oversee the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government during the presidential campaign.