Advertisement

Christopher Wray confirmed by U.S. Senate to replace James Comey as FBI chief

Click to play video 'Senate overwhelmingly votes in support of Christopher Wray’s nomination as FBI Director' Senate overwhelmingly votes in support of Christopher Wray’s nomination as FBI Director
WATCH ABOVE: Senate overwhelmingly votes in support of Christopher Wray's nomination as FBI Director – Aug 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed former Justice Department lawyer Christopher Wray as FBI chief, nearly three months after the agency’s previous director, James Comey, was fired by President Donald Trump.

Wray, who was confirmed by vote of 92-5, will take charge of the country’s top domestic law enforcement agency during a federal probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

READ MORE: Trump’s FBI chief pick: ‘I sure as heck’ haven’t offered president loyalty oath

Since the dismissal of Comey on May 9, the Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation with the help of the FBI. Russia denies any interference, and Trump has denied collusion with Russia.

WATCH: Tapes? What tapes? Trump now denies secretly recording Comey

Click to play video 'Tapes? What tapes? Trump now denies secretly recording Comey' Tapes? What tapes? Trump now denies secretly recording Comey
Tapes? What tapes? Trump now denies secretly recording Comey – Jun 22, 2017

Wray vowed in his confirmation hearing last month to remain independent and not be swayed by politics or pressure from the president. He also praised Muller as the “consummate straight shooter.”

Story continues below advertisement

He also worked with Comey on the government’s case in the Enron Corp fraud scandal in the early 2000s.

READ MORE: Donald Trump tweets that he will nominate Christopher Wray as FBI Director

During the confirmation hearing, Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wray‘s background showed he was committed to independence, an attribute he said was “vitally important” in the next FBI director.

Wray served as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division at the Justice Department under former Republican President George W. Bush.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, both Democrats who served under President Barack Obama, endorsed Wray.