Senate overwhelmingly approves Christopher Wray as new FBI director

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The Senate easily confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI on Tuesday, approving ‘s nominee to succeed

The vote, 92 to 5, was a reflection of the Senate’s confidence in Wray’s credentials as a  and as a top cop who vowed to maintain the bureau’s independence, resisting interference even from the president.

Trump  and his shifting reasons for the sudden dismissal only deepened questions of possible cooperation between the president’s campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president eventually admitted that he fired Comey because he was displeased with the Russia probe.

Wray started his work in Washington during the George W. Bush administration after serving as a federal prosecutor in Georgia. He rose to become an assistant attorney general.

Later, in private practice he represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie amid the  that led to charges against several of the governor’s top aides.

Wray told senators during his confirmation hearing that as FBI director he would not bow to pressure from anyone, even the president. He supports the investigation now underway by special counsel into Russia’s election interference.

“I would consider an effort to tamper with Director Mueller’s investigation to be unacceptable and inappropriate,” .

Five Democrats voted against confirmation: Sen. (D-N.Y.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Jeff (D-Ore.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. (D-Ore.).

Three senators were absent.



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