The Senate has approved Trump’s pick for the FBI director following the sack of James Comey earlier, this was confirmed on Tuesday. Senators casted vote 92-5 on the nomination of Christopher Wray to head the bureau.
Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y), Ed Markey (Mass.), Heff Merkley (Ore), Elizabeth Warren (Mass) and Ron Wyden (Ore) voted no for the confirmation. Wray was approved by the Judiciary unanimously last month.
Currently, Russia’s interference during the US presidential campaign and the ties between Moscow and Trump campaign officials are being probed. However, Democrats applauded Trump’s nominee pointing out that Wray can act independently of the president and efforts to play politics with the bureau.
Before the vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.) said that it’s essential to have an FBI director who is strong enough because it will entail no manipulation. Likewise, the Robert Mueller, the special counsel should not be interrupted with his investigations.
A judiciary member said that it’s regrettable that Wray has to be the FBI director because Comey was fired improperly.
Trump takes shots at Mueller
Trump has put in many efforts in firing shots at Mueller, causing speculations that he may want to fire or make the Justice Department of fire the previous FBI director. However, Wray defended the investigation.
Senators in both parties have urged President Trump not to fire Mueller, a well-respected person in Washington right from his regime as the FBI director.
The chairman of the Judiciary, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said that Wray was direct about how he was investigated for the top FBI position. He never made any loyalty pledges; Grassley added that he doesn’t expect him to take such oath.
Get to know Wray
During the tenure of George W.Bush, Wray was the attorney general and led the criminal division of the FBI. He also stood in for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate incident.
Wray was nominated following the idea by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and the Minority Leader (Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) to push a slate of Trump’s nominees before they vacate for the August break.
Due to the much time spent deliberating over the replacement of ObamaCare, Democrats have been slow-moving Trump’s nominees. Consequently, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo) lambasted Democrats on Tuesday, pointing out that they were deliberately trying to hold important offices.
The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service tracked 575 vital positions, but Trump administration hasn’t officially nominated any person for 355 posts. As such, about 165 nominations are yet to get to the Senate.