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Reactions as Texas Senator Considered for Comey Replacement

Former Texas Governor and now Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised Sen. John Cornyn’s track record.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks to reporters at a VA hospital in Houston, TX.

Reactions are coming in to the possibility of Texas Senator John Cornyn leading the FBI. 

The senior Texas Republican is being considered to replace former director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump last week. Cornyn is said to be among about a dozen people in the running to replace Comey.

Echoing other Democrats, Houston Congressman Al Green says he doesn’t want to see any new FBI Director picked unless there is a special counsel appointed to lead the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. But, Green says if a new director is appointed, it shouldn’t be any sitting U.S. senator.

“I think it will bring politics into it,” he says. “I think we should leave the politics out of it.”

Green wants anyone appointed to head the FBI to have “complete and total approval” of the Senate.

Republican Energy Secretary and former Texas Governor Rick Perry weighed in at a Veteran Affairs Department event in Houston. He praised Cornyn’s track record.

“He is an incredibly capable, steady, brilliant jurist,” Secretary Perry said, adding that Cornyn being tapped would be a double-edged sword.

“I hate to lose a senior United States senator, but what would be Texas’ loss would be America’s gain.” 

President Trump says the search for a new FBI Director is “moving rapidly.”

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Travis Bubenik

Travis Bubenik

Energy & Environment Reporter

Travis Bubenik reports on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas. A Houston native and proud Longhorn, he returned to the Bayou City after serving as the Morning Edition Host & Reporter for Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. Bubenik was previously the...

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