Christopher Wray Confirmed as New FBI Director by Senate

Wray is set to succeed James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Trump in May

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The U.S. Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI in a 92-5 vote on Tuesday.

The five senators to oppose Wray were Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley. His confirmation comes after appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

The former Justice Department official represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing “Bridgegate” case. He also worked in the Justice Department under George W. Bush.

When he nominated Wray back in June, Trump referred to him as “a man of impeccable credentials,” but didn’t offer much more information. Wray left the Justice Department in 2005 and most recently worked with the private law firm King and Spalding.

He succeeds James Comey, who Trump fired abruptly in May while he was investigating Russia meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump associates colluded with the Kremlin.