Sen. John Cornyn renewed calls for the attorney general to appoint a special counsel in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's private emails Monday.

The Texas Republican said the sparks that flew last week during the House Select Committee on Benghazi's interview with Clinton were a "distraction."

"I have confidence the FBI will not make a political call here, but will follow the facts where they may lead," Cornyn said Monday during an appearance on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "The reason I called for a special counsel is because I don't have the same confidence in the attorney general, who's a political appointee of the president."

Cornyn first began pushing for a special counsel in September, when news of the deepening FBI probe was still fresh on the public's mind. That investigation has taken a back seat to the select committee's public probe, which handed Clinton a widely-perceived victory last week when she avoided any major gaffes during a hearing before the panel.

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