Senate Confirms Trump’s Replacement For Comey

The Washington Post reports:

The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Christopher A. Wray as the next FBI director, filling a critical post that has remained vacant since President Trump fired James B. Comey in May. The vote was 92 to 5.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and that if Trump ever pressured him to drop an investigation, he would push back or resign.

This pledge appeared to gain him the confidence of Senate Judiciary Committee lawmakers, who unanimously approved his nomination and urged their colleagues to vote in favor of his confirmation.

More from The Hill:

Wray oversaw the criminal division of the FBI as an assistant attorney general under former President George W. Bush. He also represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during the Bridgegate scandal.

The vote on Wray’s nomination comes as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are negotiating a deal that would allow them to move a slate of Trump’s nominees before they leave for the August recess.

McConnell predicted that it could end up being a “pretty robust package of nominations.” Democrats have been slow-walking Trump’s nominees because of the months-long fight over repealing ObamaCare.

  • Frostbite

    Who’s going to start the pool on how long this guy will last?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Or how quick he burn all Mueller evidence against the shit gibbon.

  • narutomania

    Is it only me who thinks that this guy is highly fuckable? Rawr.

    • AW

      I’d hit it.

    • Dagoril

      Oh yeah.

    • ikahana

      I’ve felt that way about a number of the temporarily employed men of Washington D.C. As people they leave much to be desired. As a slab of beef go ahead and serve it up.

    • Timothy W.

      Where’s there’s a willie, there’s a Wray

      • narutomania

        HA HA HA HA HA! Your comeback was the PERFECT accompaniment for my little glass of wine this evening! And I’m definitely going to steal this line.

        Gracias!

    • to each his own, but i don’t see the draw. meh..

  • bkmn

    I hope he feels free to share anything he sees/hears with Mueller.

  • Eric Lewis

    Obviously Colin Firth will play him in the movie.

    • ByronK

      Bingo – first person I thought of when I saw his pic.

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  • Sam_Handwich

    Both of my MA senators voted no.

    Also voting no, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Kirsten Gillibrand

    • Sam_Handwich

      oops i didn’t notice the tweet joe posted

  • TrueWords

    Didn’t Wray help Christi cheat New Jersey tax payers of millions of dollars…

    • Sam_Handwich

      welcome to the kleptocracy. watch your wallet

      • TrueWords

        I stuff my money down my underwear…

        • Sam_Handwich

          pics or it didn’t happen

        • Snarkaholic

          Oh…I thought you were just happy to see me.

          • TrueWords

            I am…now let me get you some money…

        • Todd20036

          I used to have other people do that to me.

          Those were the days.

          But I stopped dancing when I was 40. Seemed a little sad to still be doing that at that age

          • narutomania

            Perhaps dancing on tables. Or stages. But you could still … uhh, perform for the troops in public, couldn’t you?

            Funny thing: I actually had a brief chat about this very topic just two days ago with a very good friend that I’ve known for almost 40 years. He will turn 52 this autumn, and he is still a gorgeous well-built hunk of man. And I tried to encourage him to … you know, take advantage of that. Even in public, if he wanted. He seemed to think that there was a used-by date for such things. But I disagree: I would LOVE to see hunky older men performing. The twenty-somethings don’t really get my motor revving.

            But then, I just turned 50 myself. It’s all perspective, I reckon.

          • jixter

            Great attitude, naru – and you’re right: it’s all perspective.

        • TheManicMechanic

          They have no problems reaching in there and scarfing up that cash. No homo.

    • Miji

      As I recall, he did bill the state millions of $$$ in legal fees for defending Christie, which included holding (AKA hiding) CC’s phone from investigation. I believe his firm or CC also failed to submit their billing to the state for nearly a year so that no one knew he was incurring said billing.

  • TrueWords

    The most troubling issue that Wray faces is the fact that his law firm — King & Spalding — represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia’s largest state-controlled oil companies…

    What’s this with Trump and Russia.

    Are there these many traitors in this administration?

  • Cuberly

    OT: After reading this, I still just don’t get it. The author characterizes trumps chaos as coordinated or tactical. I’m even more confused.

    https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/892504675735396352

    • ikahana

      If there was an actual reason in there why the person supports Trump, I didn’t see it. What has he done? Who has benefited? I don’t get it. You’d think if you are going to take a “I support Trump” stance, you’d have something, anything (even bullshit) to back your stance. There was nothing.

      • JohnJay

        He’s not a Dem, not a woman, and not black.

      • Cuberly

        If you go to the original article, linked, at WaPo he links to a few other pieces he’s written that expand on his “argument”.

        I perused those and still, I’m seeing his frustration, he soft peddles his anti-hillz hate, bashes the media, then he praises Donnie’s counter DC culture chaos.

        I’m still waiting for a reason while reading his stuff and is sure seems to come down to wanting to break things out of frustration not to make room for something better.

        • jerry

          It appears he likes Trump because he causes disruption to what he sees as the media narrative, as well as to existing government. So another right-wing nut who hates government and the media, though he covers his hatred in golly-gee small-town charm.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, no exaggeration either. That’s what he’s about. He likes the Donnie game.

      • clay

        He’s “their kind of guy”.

    • djcoastermark

      Hillsboro Ohio, located between nowhere southern Ohio and Methltucky.

    • Treant

      That’s not a cohesive argument. They’re simply trying to justify a mindless support of Trump by pretending that his quantum dementia is coherent policy. It isn’t, and that’s obvious.

      • Cuberly

        Even then, I checked out a few of his other pieces and is sure seemed like policy was the afterthought.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I had a college roommate from Hillsboro. He used to get a Nazi newsletter in his mail every month. This was back in the early 80s, mind you. He also grew pot plants inside the dorm.

      • Cuberly

        Heh, a stoned nazi, that must have been a picnic…yeeesh….

    • Ninja0980

      Because I’m a racist sexist pig just like my hero is what they want to say.

  • Hank

    Why did all those Democrats vote Ney???…. BRIDGEGATE!!!!!!
    So what happened to the 2 Senators from NJ???

  • ByronK

    OT: I find Ari Melber very attractive. Oh, and Barry Bennett is a lying goiter.

  • andrew

    Ninety two Senators voting to confirm indicates a lot of confidence in Mr. Wray. Hopefully he will live up to their expectations.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Or lack of objective dirt.

    • thatotherjean

      Unfortunately, the five with whom I generally agree most closely did not vote for him, which leaves me worried. They’re pretty perceptive people.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Wray’s secretary: I have Mr. Trump on the phone. He would like to invite you to a private dinner tomorrow evening. Mr Wray? Mr. Wray??

  • Did anyone ever ask Wray, “Do you believe you report to the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, or directly to the President? And did the President ask you to swear a loyalty oath to him personally?”

  • billbear1961

    And what does DEMOCRACY get out of this deal with FASCISTS, Schumer??

    CHRIST!!

    • coram nobis

      I would suggest the Senate Democrats tell McConnell they’ll move Trump’s appointees with the same speed that the GOP moved Obama’s.

  • billbear1961

    So, only FIVE senators have a problem with his firm’s Russian connections and his dishonest behaviour while he defended Christie??

    Gee, I cannot BEGIN to understand why this country is degenerating into a BANANA REPUBLIC.

    CHRIST!!

    • thatotherjean

      Sometimes, billbear, I think that your worries are a bit over the top. Not this time, though.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    How soon before he’s on his Wray out?

    • jerry

      “Whatever happened to (Chris) Wray?
      That delicate satin-draped frame…”

      • KnownDonorDad

        *rises for the queen*

  • Halou

    What gives? I thought they weren’t going to do this with Trump’s nominations.

    • Dazzer

      The thing that I’ve noticed – as an outsider – about American politicians is the Republicans think the 1950s were the Golden Age. The Democrats think it was the 1970s.

      It’s incredibly weird to look at from a different country.

      Neither political party – at the moment – has fully engaged with the 21st century.

      Both political parties in the US haven’t fully and competently engaged with the 21st-century.

      Both are so bereft of ideas that they’re both playing “Greatest Hits” from an old century without being prepared to engage with new ideas from a new century.

      And I’m making this point in 2017, for fuck’s sake.

      • Edmund Allin

        My grossly simplified and increasingly outrageous take is as follows (in short, post-zenith-of-power problems mixed with uniquely US ones):

        First, because they’re older than we’re used to. So the average age of a senator is 61, and a representative 57. For MPs, that figure is 50. In addition, the important stuff gets done on the basis of seniority, so people who fist got elected 20 years ago and persevered finally get their hands on the tiller. And I imagine that 20 years in any parliament is enough to wash out any innovation.

        Second, congressmen are beholden to outside interests in a way that would be considered very strange in the UK (mainly to do with the money being spent); this tends to make them either radicals (eg Tea Party) or very conservative (the average Democrat or Republican) – and by conservative I mean afraid to upset the apple cart.

        Third, turnout is very low. The highest turnout in presidential elections in the past 50 years was 62% in 1960. The lowest general election turnout in the UK over the same period was 59% in 2001. When only half of your electorate vote, an incremental 5% can a) see the opportunity to hijack the agenda and b) can actually do so. The same thing happens in the UK from time to time, but the bars are higher. No surprise that UKIP withered in the last election, when turnout reached 70%.

        Fourth, gerrymandering is a word that entered our lexicon from the American. Both parties do it. No third party ever really gets a look in. The US party system is a self-perpetuating oligarchy that would take a truly major series of crises to break, and they have the luxury of eccentricity. Because UK seats are generally not gerrymandered and because the cost of campaigning is far lower, the main parties have to be sensitive to other issues than their pet fancies or worries.

        Fifth, the US is, as a whole, fundamentally unlike European nations, surface similarities notwithstanding. (Not surprising, given the initial difficulties of distance and the different challenges faced.) Europeans, like Americans, by and large define themselves relative to other Europeans, but having killed each other many many many times, seem finally to have got to the point of making fun of each other rather than taking things too seriously. The Americans have really only had one civil war, and therefore their *fundamental* issues are unresolved; those fundamental issues are what make Republicans pine for the mythical conservative glories of the 1950s and Democrats for the mythical “liberal” glories of the 1970s.

        Sixth, the US is undergoing the slow trauma of its importance fading away. This is, first of all, fundamentally an economic issue. The US share of global manufacturing peaked at a rate of about 45% from 1930 to 1950; the current level is about 16%. A similar story applies to GDP, from 40%-ish to 25%. The latter figure is still extremely high, but is also the lowest since the 1920s. Consider this together with the next point.

        Seventh, the world’s financial structure after the Second World War revolved around the US. Not a surprise that the IMF, the World Bank are headquartered in Washington, not New York as one would normally have assumed. This was temporarily weakened by the Vietnam War expenditures but recovered and reached its zenith following the demise of the USSR. Which is why the world’s largest debtor (the USA) is rated Aaa/AA+ by Moody’s and S&P, respectively, while China (the largest creditor) is A1/A+. This is a precarious position to be in and this is also why, say, the US freaked out over the Asian Infrustructure Invement Bank and tried to stop its allies joining.

        Which together lead to the next point.

        Eighth, the US is (today) unused to any kind of competition, be it economic, military or political. Since no other country has (in recent memory) been in a similar position, other countries look to the future and see how they could best gain advantage from it; whether or not they’re top dog is irrelevant, because they’re all relatively unimportant. US policy-makers look to the future and see their primacy challenged. And this means that other countries can move into the 21st century, while Americans retreat to their comfort zones or freak out. So it’s either 1950s Pleasantville (for some) or “Jina”.

        Ninth, aside from the post-zenith-of-power problems, America would probably be a much happier place if it had remained split in two. The USA would look a *little* more like Canada, and the CSA could be as conservative as it liked.

        tl;dr Declining superpowers generally lack the ability to take the initiative.

  • JWC

    ohy well time will tell

  • Stogiebear

    Joe, that headline of yours is two words too long. Damn.

  • AndyinChicago

    Why would Democrats vote for the last line of defense in the Russia investigation?

  • Jerry Kott

    The fact that this person has had a close legal relationship with Gov. Chris Christi makes me uncomfortable. Hopefully this isn’t a Trojan Horse to fuck up the investigation of T45

    • MBear

      Of course it is.