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LATEST: Senate confirms Wray as FBI director

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WASHINGTON (AP) --  The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as FBI director.

Tuesday's vote was 92-5 for Christopher Wray. The lawyer is a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.

He will replace James Comey, who was fired by Trump in early May amid the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with officials of the Trump campaign.

The 50-year-old Wray inherits the FBI at a particularly challenging time given Trump's ousting of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.

Wray had represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal.


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President Donald Trump's choice to replace James Comey as head of the FBI is heading toward Senate confirmation.

The Senate is slated to vote Tuesday evening on the nomination of Christopher Wray. The former Justice Department official won unanimous support from the Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats praising his promise never to let politics get in the way of the bureau's mission.

Wray would replace Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump in May amid an investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Wray, 50, would inherit the FBI at a particularly challenging time given the firing of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.

Wray had represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

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