The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Christopher Wray—President Donald Trump’s nominee.
Trump nominated Wray in June, calling him a man with “impeccable credentials” in a June 7 tweet.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
Wray’s nomination sailed smoothly through the committee winning the support of every member 20-0, even getting the support from unlikely Democrats including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Washington Examiner reports.
Now his nomination will move on to the Senate floor where Republicans would need the support from Democrats as well, to successfully appoint him as the next FBI director.
Trump nominated Wray to replace former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired abruptly back in May during the FBI’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia’s government.
If confirmed, Wray would be the head of a department that has been under the scrutiny of many.
Back during his confirmation hearing, Wray impressed both sides of the political spectrum after he promised to ensure the FBI’s independence from politics. He said he would resign from his position if the president asked him to do anything illegal.