Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI, easily cleared a key Senate committee Thursday — even following an explosive Trump interview in the New York Times that prompted Democrats to raise renewed concerns of political interference with the Department of Justice.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 20-0 in favor of Wray, a former Justice Department official who has been in private practice for the last dozen years. His nomination now goes to the Senate floor, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he intends to get Wray confirmed before the August recess.
“He committed to doing the job by the book and without any regard to partisan political influence,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “He testified that his loyalty is to the Constitution and to the rule of law, not to any ideology or individual, including the president.”