Texas Southern University Cancels Sen. Cornyn's Commencement Speech After Student Opposition

Raquel Nash
May 16, 2017

It ticks off a list of Cornyn's policy stances: He voted for DeVos for U.S. Education secretary and against expanding a children's health insurance program.

The protests - or the reactions to them - often make national headlines and are something officials have to take seriously.

Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and attorney general, knows how special college graduation can be for families. In Washington, the speculation turned on who would rise to the majority whip position in the Senate.

The Trump administration is moving quickly to select the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after interviewing several candidates over the weekend.

Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte, a former New Hampshire attorney general who lost her seat in the US Senate past year, has been pushed by some of her Senate colleagues and some Republican advisers to the White House who believe that she would easily be confirmed. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said before giving the commencement address at Liberty University.

Now a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins specializing in white-collar criminal and internal investigations, Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.


Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, has in recent weeks become a more outward defender of President Trump.

Gov. Greg Abbott would get to appoint a temporary successor to Cornyn, who would serve until the November general election, when all candidates of all parties would compete to serve the remainder of Cornyn's term.

Presented by moderator Chuck Todd with both the Cornyn and Rogers options, Graham stick to his guns: "I think it's now time to pick someone who comes from within the ranks or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on day one". The most obvious politician, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, was prompted to put out a statement that he did not want the appointment and had no desire to run for the job.

Trump acknowledged in an interview with NBC News published on Thursday he was thinking of the Russian Federation controversy when he chose to fire Comey.

The university said it had asked Cornyn to visit at a later date. Lindsey Graham said he'd normally support Cornyn, but due to the political climate, he feels that someone who isn't involved in politics is more suited for the position. "But these are not normal circumstances".

"That's a ridiculous position", Cornyn said May 10, the day after Comey was sacked. But the FBI mission has changed drastically since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with the bureau now as much a part of the nation's intelligence apparatus as it is a law enforcement body.

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