Donald Trump’s choice to replace James Comey as head of the FBI received Senate confirmation on Tuesday
The Senate voted 92-5 for the nomination of Christopher Wray, the former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.
The 50-year-old Wray inherits the FBI at a particularly challenging time given Trump’s firing of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.
Wray won unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats praising his promise never to let politics get in the way of the bureau’s mission.
‘Beyond credentials, I believe Mr. Wray has the right view of the job,’ said Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Wray will replace Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump in May amid an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump’s campaign. The Judiciary panel is also investigating Russian interference.
At his confirmation hearing, Wray told senators he ‘sure as heck’ would not offer a pledge of loyalty to the president.
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