SEN: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced he has withdrawn from consideration to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate,” he said in a statement. Cornyn’s withdrawal averts a free-for-all special election to fill his unexpired term. Cornyn is up for re-election in 2020.

AG: The Fifth Court of Appeals issued a stay of all proceedings in the criminal securities fraud case against Attorney General Ken Paxton until further notice.

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal team filed an emergency petition with the Fifth Court of Appeals seeking to remove District Judge George Gallagher from the trial. The request, filed late Monday, came three days before a hearing in Houston where the issue of Gallagher’s continued participation in the case was to have been discussed.

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