Christopher Wray Confirmed as New FBI Director
Wray is a Yale Law School-educated attorney who previously served as the Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. He has subsequently worked as a partner at the private law practice King & Spalding, where he represented a number of Fortune 100 companies and, notably, served as the personal attorney for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the so-called Bridgegate scandal.
Wray’s nomination follows President Donald Trump’s controversial firing of former FBI director James Comey, a decision that has subsequently been at the center of the ongoing Russia investigation being led by special counsel (and former FBI director) Robert Mueller.
Wray was unanimously recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee following his confirmation hearing on July 20th. During his hearing, he notably responded that he had never been asked by the administration for a “loyalty pledge,” adding “and I sure as heck didn’t offer one.” He also differed from President Trump’s angle on the investigation into the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia, contradicting the administration line by saying, “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.” Wray stated that, if he were asked by the President to do something unethical, he would “try to talk him out of it, and if that failed, I would resign.”
The five dissenting votes were cast by Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, and Ron Wyden.
Wray was sworn in by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a ceremony held yesterday, August 2nd.
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