Senate confirms Trump’s new FBI director
By Jordain Carney
The Senate easily confirmed President Trump’s pick to lead the FBI on Tuesday, following the abrupt firing of James Comey earlier this year.
Senators voted 92-5 on Christopher Wray’s nomination to lead the bureau. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Ed Markey (Mass.) voted against the confirmation.
Tuesday’s vote caps off a largely low-drama confirmation process for Wray, who was approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee late last month.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Wray was “forthright” about how he was vetted for the top FBI job.
“He made no loyalty pledges then, and I expect him never to make such a pledge,” Grassley said ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
Wray oversaw the criminal division of the FBI as an assistant attorney general under former President George W. Bush.
He also represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during the Bridgegate scandal.
The vote on Wray’s nomination comes as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are negotiating a deal that would allow them to move a slate of Trump’s nominees before they leave for the August recess.
McConnell predicted that it could end up being a “pretty robust package of nominations.”
Democrats have been slow-walking Trump’s nominees because of the months-long fight over repealing ObamaCare.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) blasted Democrats on Tuesday for the maneuvers, saying they were trying to hold up “important and consequential” positions.
“It’s time to clear them all,” Barrasso, a member of GOP leader, added.
In total there are 198 nominations currently working their way through the Senate as of late last week, according to Post and the Partnership for Public Service tracker.
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Who is Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick for FBI director?
August 1, 2017
Wray works at the King & Spalding law firm, where he has been a partner since 2005, his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire says.
Wray chairs its Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, the firm says online. It deals with issues such as internal corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement.
Wray represented the New Jersey governor during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, nicknamed “Bridgegate.” Two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse the Republican governor.
Wray worked for the DOJ as assistant attorney general for the criminal division under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005.
While at the DOJ, Wray focused on corporate fraud issues. He was on a presidential task force for corporate fraud, and was in charge of a task force concerning Enron, his King and Spalding bio says.
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I am a “little” leery since the Dems were for him but at this point all we can do is pray that he doesn’t fall into a partisan trap in either direction. AND that he and either AG Sessions or another work like trojans to take down those who have been betraying our country left and right. You know most of DC will keep the two and their entire departments busy for all four years shuffling the elite who think they are above the law into their new apartments and providing them new clothes…