The US Senate has overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray as the next FBI director after President Donald Trump fired James Comey who was leading an investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and any possible ties between Trump’s associates and Moscow.
In a 92-to-5 vote on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed 50-year-old Wray, a former criminal lawyer who worked with Comey at the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration.
Last month, Wray stressed his independence from the White House, telling lawmakers that he would rather resign than bow to political interference.
His promise helped him gain the confidence of Senate Judiciary Committee members, who unanimously approved his nomination and asked their colleagues to vote in favor of his confirmation.
“He told the committee that he won’t condone tampering with investigations, and that he would resign rather than be unduly influenced…