TSU cancels Sen. Cornyn's scheduled commencement appearance

Lauren Perry
May 13, 2017

Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said in a statement Friday that the upper chamber is his top priority.

In a petition protesting Cornyn's planned appearance Saturday, students had cited various stances he has taken, including his confirmation votes in favor of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and his low rating by the NAACP.

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Cornyn defended Trump when he suddenly fired Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director this week - whether it was because the president felt Comey had botched the handling of the Hillary Clinton email case during the campaign, because he was too aggressively pursuing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 campaign to benefit Trump or because he wasn't sufficiently loyal and had recently testified to Congress that he was "mildly nauseous" thinking that he might have influenced the 2016 election's outcome.

Were he chosen, Cornyn would be stepping onto history's stage at a crucial juncture in the Trump presidency.

Cornyn is one of about 11 contenders for the post, according to Fox News.

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Senator John Cornyn's commencement address at a historically black Texas university has been cancelled. On Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed as she delivered a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black school in Florida.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks to reporters on following a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 9, 2017. But as Politico noted last week, his current leadership position comes with term limits, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shows no signs of leaving his post in the near future.

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It was not immediately clear who would replace Cornyn at the ceremony.

A senior administration official with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly as a matter of practice confirmed to McClatchy that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy and Texas Sen.

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