In response to a student-penned Change.org petition, the school's administration cancelled the Republican senator's appearance at Saturday's graduation to ensure the ceremony "would be remembered for the right reasons", Reuters reported Friday.
Once reserved for cheesy senior photos at campus landmarks, college commencement exercises have graduated into something different six months after Donald Trump was elected president: a battleground for protesting conservative policies and the people who promote them.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions interviewed four candidates to replace James Comey, who Trump hastily fired last week for being a "showboat" and a "grandstander" and for putting the Federal Bureau of Investigation in turmoil.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn wraps up his keynote address to delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
Prior to his election to the Senate in 2002, Cornyn served as Texas attorney general, a Texas Supreme Court justice and a local judge.
Cornyn's inclusion on the list came even as historically black Texas Southern University canceled Cornyn's planned Saturday commencement address amid opposition from students upset about his politics. Trump also is looking at former Rep. Similarly, Luttig got crosswise with the Bush administration on pivotal terrorism-related cases, including the detentions of wannabe "dirty bomber" José Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi. Moreover, the senator is already proving a divisive choice among fellow Republicans. Sen. If there were any hard feelings, Cornyn and Rubio seemed to have made up. His name was floated as a possible replacement for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2013, and he received support from an association of FBI agents before President Barack Obama chose Comey.
That wasn't just about Cornyn.
"The Trump White House doesn't want to make a mistake here", he says.
Rogers was a former chairman of the House intelligence committee before becoming a CNN national security commentator and has the endorsement of the FBI Agents Association. Texans elected Cornyn to the U.S. Senate in 2002 to fill the seat of retiring Senator Phil Gramm. Texas law allows the governor to appoint an interim replacement, but only until a permanent replacement can be elected, either at a special election or at the next uniform election date (in this case, presumably the November 7 election).
On CBS's "Face the Nation" last month, Cornyn said investigating ties to the Trump campaign is a "legitimate area of inquiry" and "there is no question that Putin is trying to undermine our democracy and undermine public confidence in our institutions".