Senate confirms Christopher Wray as head of FBI

Wray served as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush from 2003-2005, when he worked under Comey, who was then the deputy attorney general.
By Tracy Williams | Aug 04, 2017
The U.S. Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the new head of the FBI Tuesday by a vote of 92-5. The confirmation comes nearly three months after President Trump fired James Comey from that position, triggering a storm of controversy and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to continue the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"If I am given the honor of leading this agency, I will never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything except the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice," Wray said, during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, as reported by ABC News.

Wray served as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush from 2003-2005, when he worked under Comey, who was then the deputy attorney general.

Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman from Iowa, offered Wray his congratulations in a statement after the vote.

"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," Grassley said.

Five Democrats opposed Wray's nomination: Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.); Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.); and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

"In his public and private statements, Chris Wray failed to oppose government backdoors into Americans' personal devices, or to acknowledge the facts about encryption that it isn't about liberty versus security, it's about more security versus less security," said Wyden, in his own statement. "While I appreciate his willingness to continue studying the issue, other officials who have talked about finding common ground have turned around and sought to fatally undermine the cornerstone of Americans' cybersecurity."

Wray served as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush from 2003-2005, when he worked under Comey, who was deputy attorney general at the time.

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