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What are Sen. Cornyn's chances of becoming FBI Director?

The White House confirms Senator John Cornyn from Austin is on the short list to become FBI Director. (Cropped Photo: Courtesy of US Senate)

The White House confirms Senator John Cornyn from Austin is on the short list to become FBI Director. Retired judges, law enforcement, and other congressman are also being considered after President Donald Trump fired James Comey Tuesday.

"I think [Senator Cornyn] is a strong choice in a lot of ways," says political strategist Matt Mackowiak.

Mackowiak says Cornyn could have everything it takes to become FBI Director. As a former Texas Supreme Court judge, Cornyn knows his way around the judiciary.

"He has been an Attorney General in the State of Texas, and so there's obviously lots of law enforcement experience there," Mackowiak said.

The one thing the Republican may not have is the ability to be a much needed unifying choice for the Trump Administration.

"I think the question for Cornyn, if he's the choice, is going to be, will Democrats be willing to support him?" Mackowiak said.

Since the threshold for confirmation is only 50, technically, Cornyn wouldn't need Democratic votes.

Of course, whomever is appointed will inherit the investigation into Russian interference during the presidential election.

"Obviously, the pressure would be considerable. So would the stress," Mackowiak says.

So would he want the job? Cornyn is currently the number two ranking Republican in the Senate.

"I think most people would think this is a step up. For an individual U.S. Senator, I would say it is, but for the Senate majority whip, there's different considerations," said Mackowiak.

After Comey's abrupt exit and reports this week that President Trump is looking for loyalty, confirmation hearings are expected to be intense.

"And no matter who the choice is, the Democrats are going to want to see evidence of independence, but also promises of independence," said Mackowiak.

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