"We need our Republican colleagues to join us in standing up, to put country over party and work with Democrats to get the truth of Director Comey's firing, to protect the integrity of the investigation into Russian interference in our election and to get to the bottom of yesterday's report", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.
Another Republican whose name had been mentioned as a possible candidate, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, said Monday that he had taken himself out of the running.
■ John Cornyn: According to one senior White House aide, administration officials have discussed the senator as a possibility, who served as the Texas attorney general.
Despite Cornyn's popularity - he's never lost an election, and is considered well-respected on both sides of the aisle - Suri believed he'd have difficulty being confirmed.
Democrats plan to amplify the pressure on Trump, who threatened in a tweet last week that "Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press" - a warning that some have interpreted to mean the President could have taped conversations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I was out of the country on a House intelligence committee mission when Jim Comey's tenure ended as director of the FBI", Gowdy posted to social media.
"We asked Senator Cornyn to instead visit with our students again at a future date in order to keep the focus on graduates and their families", the post said. The Texan's seat is safe for as long as he wants it but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is gearing up for reelection in 2020 and has shown no signs of giving up the top leadership post, meaning Cornyn could be waiting almost a decade for a shot at the top job. "The Democrats will not view Cornyn as an objective, independent voice", said Suri.
President Barack Obama nominated Garland to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but McConnell declined to even hold a hearing.
Cornyn is the second lawmaker to drop out of consideration for the job to replace FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired last week.
Graham wasn't the only senator on Sunday to suggest Cornyn could face resistance in the chamber. They said sudden interest was a GOP strategy to open a seat on the circuit court for a Trump administration nominee.
The meetings come a day after news broke that Trump allegedly asked Comey in February to drop the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"I think the process is going to go quickly".