US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

US Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray as the next F.B.I. director. The vote was 92-5.

Wray succeeds James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump ostensibly for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices, though the President later said he had the Russia investigation on his mind when he axed Comey.

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley voted against confirmation, CNN reported.

Wray, who is now a private lawyer, was a top Justice Department official during the George W. Bush administration. He was recommended unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 20.

The date when the agency’s new chief will take oath will be announced soon.

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