The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was unexpectedly dismissed by US President Donald Trump last May.
Wray had the support of a large majority of senators, with 92 votes in favor and only 5 against. In this way, he will head the FBI, a key intelligence agency in the US, in full investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s presidential election and possible links between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
No surprises were expected in the vote, as the Democratic opposition had expressed its support for Wray. “It’s really important that we have a strong FBI director. There can be no manipulation,” said Dianne Feinstein, the highest-ranking Democratic Senator on the Judiciary Committee.
The investigation of the Russian plot is in charge of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, ex-director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and that was appointed by the Department of Justice. During the confirmation hearings, the new FBI director defended his independence and respect for the Constitution. “I will never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything more than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice”. Wray told Senators about the controversy raised by Trump, who called for “loyalty” to Comey, shortly before I said goodbye. “My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law, and I will continue to respond to them”, said the candidate to lead the Bureau.