Washington, August 2: Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States was working without any director since two and a half month after President Trump fired James Comey over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But FBI finally gets its new director, Christopher Wray.
Notably, Christopher Wray is going to be the new director of FBI replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Donald Trump amid investigations into Russia meddling in the presidential election. Christopher Wray received extensive bipartisan support from the Senate and was confirmed as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The vote was 92 to 5 in favor of Wray after his prior unanimous recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, after the confirmation of Wray director of FBI, he pledged to be independent of the White House. "My commitment is to the rule of law, to the Constitution, to follow the facts wherever they may lead," Wray said. "And there isn't a person on this planet whose lobbying or influence could convince to just drop or abandon a properly predicted and meritorious investigation," Wray added.
Earlier in the month of June, President Donald Trump nominated Christopher Wray for the post of director of FBI.
Who is Christopher Wray?
Christopher Asher Wray was born in 1967. He graduated from Yale University in 1989 and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992.
He then clerked for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 1993, Wray started working in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, he joined the U.S. attorney's office for the northern district of Georgia. In 2001, he began working at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., known as “Main Justice,” as an associate deputy attorney general and, later, as principal associate deputy attorney general.
In 2003, Wray was nominated by President George W. Bush as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. He served in that position until 2005. He’s been a private attorney since the with the international firm King and Spalding and given legal advice to Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson and Credit Suisse Group. He earned $9.2 million last year as a partner in the firm, according to his financial disclosures.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), formerly the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes.
Earlier, United States President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey was nominated by Barack Obama in 2013 to a 10-year term. Interestingly, the last US president to fire an FBI director was Bill Clinton, who dismissed William Sessions in 1993 over financial irregularities.