Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

Three months following President Trump’s dismissal of former Director James Comey, the U.S. Senate confirmed Christopher Wray to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday.

With opposition coming only from a handful of the most liberal wing of the Democratic caucus, Wray was confirmed 92–5.

Nominated on June 7, Wray had received unanimous support from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on July 20 to advance his nomination to the Senate floor.

A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Wray, 50, served in various roles in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department.  In 2003, Bush nominated Wray to serve as assistant attorney general, leading the department’s criminal division and collaborating with Comey in prosecuting Enron Corp. for various federal violations shortly thereafter.

Wray served for two years at Justice and left to take a position in private practice at the Washington, D.C.-based King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group.

The former prosecutor later served as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s personal counsel over allegations Christie was involved in the “Bridgegate” scandal.

Wray becomes the nation’s top law enforcement officer at a time when the Bureau is preoccupied with a probe over allegations the Russian Federation interfered in the November 2016 presidential election.

Facing questions over his impartiality during confirmation hearings, Wray vowed to remain completely independent as the inquiry proceeds and applauded the integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who he described under oath as the “consummate straight shooter.”

 

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