Texas Senator John Cornyn will not be seeking the job of director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Politico.
Cornyn, who appeared on the White House's short list of potential candidates to succeed James Comey in the role of FBI Director, told the Trump Administration today that he is not longer interested in the position. Cornyn had already interviewed with the Trump Administration and was discussed as a potential replacement.
Cornyn, who currently serves as Senate Majority Whip, was a surprise candidate due to his high ranking in the Senate. Politico reports that Cornyn will likely lose his whip position in 2019, as the Senate's new leadership team takes charge. Had Cornyn been chosen as Comey's replacement, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-ND) had already began looking at a campaign for the whip position.
Cornyn issued a statement following his withdrawing, saying, "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 U.S. Senate."