Christopher Wray has been confirmed to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after the Senate voted Tuesday overwhelmingly in support of the candidate.
The Tuesday vote to confirm Wray passed by a vote of 92 to 5.
Wray assured the Senate Judiciary Committee he would be impartial and independent in his role. “If I am given the honor of leading this agency, I will never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period. Full stop,” Wray said during a July 12 hearing.
Wray, 50, takes over the position with great hope attached. Although, it is important to note he has already stated a position contrary to that of the president. During his Senate confirmation hearing in early July, Wray said the Russia investigation is not a witch hunt.
“I do not consider (former FBI) Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt,” Wray said. “I’m very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation. I view him as the consummate straight shooter.”
He served as assistant attorney general during the George W. Bush administration, and led the federal investigation of Enron. The white-collar lawyer also represented Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal.
ABOUT MR. WRAY
Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966) is an American lawyer and the incoming Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division under the George W. Bush administration. From 2005 to 2017 he was a litigation partner with the law firm King & Spalding. On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2017 with a vote of 92–5.
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