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>> On this nomination the yeas are 92, the nays are 5. The nomination is confirmed.>> The Senate, Tuesday, confirming Christopher Wray as the next Director of the FBI nearly three months after the the firing of James Comey by President Donald Trump.>> No collusion. No obstruction. He's a leaker.
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>> Comey's firing drew widespread criticism, and suggestions that Trump dismissed him over his frustration with handling of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. This led to the nomination of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now heading up the investigation.
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Julia Edwards Ainsley says Wray's arrival comes at a critical time for the agency.>> There was a lot of scrutiny around who Trump would pick because this decision carried so much weight after Comey's firing and especially given the context of the Russian investigation. So Trump in some ways had no choice but to make a decision like Wray.
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He was someone who is seen as apolitical. He's never held a political office. He has experience in the Justice Department. And he's relatively little known. And so he really doesn't have a lot of controversy that surrounds him.>> Wray vowed during his confirmation to remain independent and not be swayed by politics or the president.
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>> I will never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period. Full stop.>> He served as an Assistant Attorney General under former President George W Bush, and worked with Comey on the Enron fraud scandal in the early to mid 2000s.
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While the FBI will be assisting Muller in his Russian investigation, Wray will not be directly in charge of it the way Comey was.