Texas Southern University Cancels Republican Sen. John Cornyn's Commencement Speech

Justin Greene
May 16, 2017

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the school said on Friday, after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed at another historically black university.

Cornyn is the Senate majority whip and has said he would be interested in becoming the Senate majority leader if the opportunity came up.

Multiple US media outlets on Wednesday reported that Comey last week asked the Justice Department for a major increase resources for the FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and former advisers and members of Trump's 2016 campaign. Former Texas Attorney General and current senator John Cornyn.

Other candidates reportedly under consideration are former Assistant U.S. Atty.

"If this were any other circumstance, any other president, you might find Cornyn at the top of that list, and maybe not even a controversial listing", Rottinghaus says. Schumer also said the new appointee "should be not a partisan politician, not part of either party".

Rebecca Treviño, who is graduating with a degree in social work, said she and a group of others from her social work classes chose to start the petition to raise awareness about Cornyn's stance on key issues.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader from NY, told CNN's State of the Union that Comey's replacement should not be "a partisan politician - not in either party", and that it should be someone who is "experienced".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that selecting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to reset, and dismissed Cornyn and another candidate, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, as less desirable.

"That's a ridiculous position", Cornyn said May 10, the day after Comey was sacked.

"I think it's now time to pick somebody that comes from within the ranks or is such of reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on day one". Texans elected Cornyn to the U.S. Senate in 2002 to fill the seat of retiring Senator Phil Gramm.

J. Michael Luttig: Luttig is a former Justice Department lawyer and federal appeals court judge who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush. "That issue was settled many years ago when the Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that the tapes that President (Richard) Nixon had should be turned over to Congress".

"We can make a fast decision", President Trump said.

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