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US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

Trump fires FBI director James Comey over Clinton emails
09 May 2017
  • On May 9, US President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
  • His dismissal came after it emerged that he provided inaccurate information about Clinton's emails in a Congressional testimony the previous week.
  • The White House announcement sent shockwaves across Washington.
  • Comey reportedly learnt of his dismissal while watching television news.

  • Trump nominates Christopher A. Wray as new FBI director
    07 Jun 2017
  • On June 7, President Donald Trump nominated Christopher Wray as the new FBI director.
  • Trump described Wray as "a man of impeccable credentials" in a tweet.
  • Wray previously served as assistant attorney general during former President George W Bush's administration.

  • US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director
    02 Aug 2017
  • The US Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI in a 92-5 vote.
  • Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May amid the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to the Trump campaign.
  • Wray won bipartisan support for promising not to let politics interfere with the FBI's working.

  • Who is Christopher Wray?
  • Wray specializes in fighting white-collar crime.
  • From May 1997 to May 2001, he was a federal prosecutor in the US attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • He held various high-ranking positions from May 2001 to May 2005 in the Justice Department during George W. Bush's presidency, where he oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.
  • He served as principal associate deputy attorney general.

  • Wray faces tough tenure as FBI director
  • "This is a tough time to take this tough job," said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar during Wray's nomination debate.
  • That's because Trump had fired Comey, leading to criticism that the President may have engaged in "obstruction of justice" by interfering in the independent functioning of the FBI.
  • However, Wray made it clear that his loyalty laid with the US Constitution, not the President.

  • Wray attracts praise from Democrats and Republicans
  • "Mr Wray possesses the skill, the character and the unwavering commitment to impartial enforcement of the law that we need in a FBI Director," said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.
  • "We need leaders with steel spines, not weak knees, and I am hopeful that Mr Wray will be just such a leader," said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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