Confirmation hearing for Trump FBI director nominee Christopher Wray set for July 12

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, Christopher Wray, next week, the committee announced Wednesday.

The confirmation hearing will take place at 10 a.m. on July 12.

If confirmed by the full Senate, Wray will serve a 10-year term.

Trump announced on Twitter at the beginning of June that he selected Wray to succeed former FBI Director James Comey. But the White House didn’t formally submit Wray’s nomination to the Senate until several weeks later, on June 26.

The president fired Comey in May, and initially said he was acting on guidance from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But Trump told NBC News in an interview days after Comey’s firing that the FBI’s investigation into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials was “on his mind” when he fired the former FBI director.

Wray led the Justice Department’s Criminal Division for two years during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

In private practice, Wray represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, during the “Bridgegate scandal,” during which two of Christie’s aides were sentenced to prison after closing the George Washington Bridge in an act of political retribution.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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