The US Senate has confirmed that Christopher Wray is the new FBI Director with an astounding vote of 92-5, after James Comey was fired in May.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley stated, “The good work of the FBI has been overshadowed recently by controversies, but I hope this confirmation turns the page and begins a new, shining chapter for our nation’s leading law enforcement agency.”
Fox News reports:
Trump announced his selection of Wray to lead the FBI in early July after abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey in May.
Comey was fired by the president amid tensions over the Russia investigation. During his confirmation hearing, Wray testified that he’d conduct his job “without regard to any partisan political influence.”
“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.”
During Tuesday’s vote before the full Senate, all five nay votes came from liberal Democrats: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Wyden explained, “In his public and private statements, Chris Wray failed to oppose government backdoors into Americans’ personal devices, or to acknowledge the facts about encryption.”
Wray is not new to the political scene. He has previously worked as a partner at the King & Spalding law firm. Then he worked for four years in a high-ranking position for the Justice Department, before making his way to the head of the criminal division.
He was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia from May 1997 to May 2001.
Wray had represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal.
He is a hard worker and excels in what he does. Let’s hope he excels as being the FBI Director as well!