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August 2, 2017  14:49

U.S. Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Christopher Wray as FBI director, nearly three months after President Trump fired former director James Comey, USA Today reports.

STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 2, ARTSAKHPRESS: Senators voted 92-5 to confirm Wray, a former assistant attorney general who served under Comey, to a 10-year term. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Ron Wyden of Oregon voted "no."

Unlike most of Trump's nominees, Wray has proved to be an uncontroversial choice. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 20-0 last month to recommend that Wray be confirmed by the full Senate.

Wray will lead the FBI at a particularly turbulent time in its history, and he promised senators during his confirmation hearing that he will remain independent in the face of any political pressure from the White House.


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