Breaking News: Senate Confirms New FBI Director

August 01, 2017Aug 01, 2017

The Senate on Tuesday has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee Christopher Wray to serve as FBI director.

It is a critical post that has remained vacant since President Trump fired James B. Comey in May.

Tuesday’s vote was 92-5 for Christopher Wray. He is an American lawyer. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division under the George W. Bush administration.

He will replace James Comey, who was fired by Trump in early May amid the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Wray had represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

“I believe to my core that there’s only one right way to do this job,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “And that is with strict independence. By the book. Playing it straight. Faithful to the Constitution."

“He told the committee that he won’t condone tampering with investigations, and that he would resign rather than be unduly influenced in any manner. Mr. Wray’s record of service, and his reputation, give us no reason to doubt him,” committee chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Tuesday. “He made no loyalty pledges then, and I expect him never to make such a pledge moving forward.”