Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New FBI Director, 11th Circuit Judge

by Abel Hampton August 3, 2017, 0:12
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New FBI Director, 11th Circuit Judge

After firing former FBI director James Comey for allegedly leading a criminal investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election, President Donald Trump nominated high-flying criminal lawyer Christopher Wray for the vacant position. Among other reasons, Trump said he fired Comey over the handling of the Russian Federation investigation and called Comey "a show boat" and "grand stander", and charged "the FBI has been in turmoil".

The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.

According to Time, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously supported Wray last month.

The date when the agency's new chief will take oath will be announced soon. Unlike some of his other recent appointments, like Anthony Scaramucci or Sarah Sanders, who toe his line of thought, Wray has publically disagreed with Trump's beliefs.

"My commitment is to the rule of law, to the Constitution, to follow the facts wherever they may lead", Wray said.

In a statement, Wyden said he voted against Wray because of his stance on government surveillance and Americans' privacy. The president has called allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, which the FBI is investigating, a "witch hunt".

As part of his testimony, Wray told lawmakers that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and would not allow Trump to intefere in investigations.

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. What to watch at "hacker summer camp" MORE (D-Calif.) said before the committee's vote on Wray. The mandate of the FBI Director is 10 years. While it's true, as Comey can attest, that the president can fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director at any time for any reason, on a day-to-day basis they're supposed to operate independently from one another.

Five Democrats opposed Wray's nomination, namely Sens.

Christopher Asher Wray was born in 1967.

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