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.