Senate leaders confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI.
The position had been vacant since May when President Trump fired, then director, James Comey.
Senator Dick Durbin, after voting to confirm Wray, released a statement saying:
“America needs an FBI Director who will face that pressure with integrity, independence, and firm commitment to the rule of law. He may also have to stand up to this President if the interests of justice demand it. I believe Mr. Wray can do that.”
Senator Tammy Duckworth believes it’s essential that the FBI remain independent of politics and that the next FBI Director avoid any improper interference from the White House.
“Mr Wray has exhibited a great deal of respect for the work FBI employees do every day to keep us safe,” says Senator Duckworth, “and made clear in our meeting that his loyalties will rest with the American people, the Bureau’s mission, and its career professionals, rather than any political figure.”