U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be the next director of the FBI.
The Texas Republican made the announcement this afternoon via press release. He said he would rather stay in Texas and work to advance a conservative agenda than head the bureau. Cornyn was one of about a dozen candidates on the short list to replace recently fired FBI director James Comey.
Cornyn's full statement:
“I have always considered public service to be a great privilege. How I can best serve my fellow Texans and my country has, and will continue to be, my guiding principle.
“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director. 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.
“Working for 28 million Texans in the U.S. Senate is an honor I never expected to have, and one I cherish each and every day. I’m eager to continue working with the Administration and the rest of my colleagues to make Texas and our country stronger.”