Next week, Trump’s nominee for the position of Director FBI, Christopher Wray will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The notification of the hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for Wednesday morning, was sent out by Senator Chuck Grassley, who is currently chairman of the committee.
Late last week, Grassley told the press that he planned on holding a confirmation hearing for Wray sometime this month so that he could get the Senate’s confirmation before lawmakers left the capital for the August break.
“It’s been my intention of having the nominee before the committee during the month of July and hopefully get it done in time so that he can be confirmed before our summer break,” Grassley said while talking to the press.
Following his meeting last with Trump’s nominee to lead the bureau, Grassley, who will maneuver Wray through the Senate, marked the beginning of Wray’s uphill battle on Capitol Hill to woo lawmakers.
Almost a month after Trump fired James Comey from his position of Director FBI for allegedly not being capable enough to handle the bureau’s investigation into relation between the Trump campaign and Russia and Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, he nominated Wray for the position.
Under former President George W. Bush, Wray was in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division working in the capacity of an assistant attorney general. He also handled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) Bridgegate scandal. Analysts believe he will be grilled for the case during his confirmation hearing.
Democrats heavily criticized Trump for dismissing Comey. However, they seemed to be supportive of Wray’s nomination to replace Comey.
Following the announcement, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, tweeted, “FBI nominee Wray has solid credentials — now this job will require independence & guts to stand up to political interference.”