The White House has formally sent to the Senate the nomination of Christopher Wray for FBI Director, The Hill reports.
The Department of Justice released a statement from Wray, who said he was “honored and humbled” by the nomination and looks forward to his confirmation by the Senate.
“From my earliest days working with agents as a line prosecutor to my time working with them at the Department of Justice in the aftermath of 9/11, I have been inspired by the men and women of the FBI, inspired by their professionalism, integrity, courage, and sacrifice for the public”, the FBI Director nominee said.
“If confirmed, it will be a privilege and honor to once again work with them. America faces grave threats both here and abroad, and the FBI, in concert with its federal, state, and local partners, continues to work steadfastly to prevent and hold accountable those responsible for these threats”, Wray added.
President Donald Trump announced Wray, a former assistant attorney general during the tenure of President George W. Bush, as his choice to lead the bureau earlier this month.
Wray’s nomination to the helm the bureau, a position which lasts for a 10-year term, comes after Trump in May fired then-FBI Director James Comey. Comey had been leading the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to meddle in the United States presidential election and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff and Russia.