Yesterday, President Trump’s pick to head up the FBI had a job interview on the Hill.
Who is he?
Christopher Wray. He’s been a lawyer for more than two decades. The defense attorney is his day job. He repped NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) during Bridgegate and served in the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush.
Why do we need a new director?
Because of earlier this year, Trump fired the old guy. Fmr Director, James Comey, was leading the FBI’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign team helped Russia interfere with the election. When Trump fired him, he said he had “this Russia thing” on the brain. Weeks later, Comey went on the record to say that Trump had once asked him for his loyalty. And to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. To which everyone in DC said ‘sorry, what?’ Fast forward to yesterday, when Wray took the mic at his confirmation hearing.
What did he say?
That he “sure as heck” didn’t offer anyone his loyalty. And that if the president tried to get him to do something illegal, he’d resign. He also said that the Russia investigation is not a “witch hunt,” which is how Trump has described it. It’s looking like Wray passed the ‘independent from the White House’ test and senators are expected to give him a thumbs up.
Yesterday, two House Dems intro’d an article of impeachment against Trump. They say Trump obstructed justice with all of the above Comey drama. The White House called the impeachment bill “ridiculous.” Passing it is a long shot, since it’d need a lot of bipartisan support, and even most Dems aren’t on board just yet. They want to let the various Russia investigations play out.
Wray’s hearing came days after the White House was pulled into even more Russia drama (see: Donald Trump Jr.’s emails). It also comes at a time when the FBI’s been in disarray and could really use some stability. TBD if Wray will be the guy to steady the ship.