US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director
Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W Bush's Justice Department, oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.
The US senate on 1 August 2017 confirmed the appointment of Christopher Wray as the Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wray was elected to the post by winning 92-5 votes of the Senate.
With this, Wray succeeds James Comey, who was unexpectedly fired by US President Donald Trump in May 2017 in the midst of the investigation into Russian meddling in US Presidential Elections 2016. Since then, Andrew McCabe has been serving as acting FBI director.
Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud, takes over the FBI at such a challenging time when Trump expelled Comey, who was admired within FBI.
About Christopher Wray
• Wray is a graduate of Yale University, where he also received his law degree in 1992.
• He was a Federal Prosecutor in the US attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia from May 1997 to May 2001.
• From May 2001 to May 2005, he held various high-ranking positions in the Justice Department.
• He left the Justice Department in 2005 after being appointed as the Head of the criminal division as an Assistant Attorney General.
• He has worked on white-collar crime and regulatory cases as a partner at the King & Spalding law firm.
• Wray had also represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal.