Washington(August 2, 2017): The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher A. Wray as the next F.B.I. director to steer the United States’ premier law enforcement agency through a politically fraught period.
As it investigates whether any of President Trump’s associates colluded with the Russian government during last year’s election.
The 92-to-5 vote to confirm Mr. Wray, a former federal prosecutor, is likely to be a relief to many agents at the F.B.I. who want a strong director to stave off any attempts by the White House to meddle in its investigations.
“Now more than ever, the bureau needs a resolute and independent leader,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Christopher Wray has assured us he can be that leader.”
The deteriorating relationship between Mr. Trump and the previous F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, was widely viewed as harmful to the bureau.