Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has scheduled a committee vote next week on Christopher Wray’s nomination to be FBI director, the Associated Press reports. Grassley says he’s impressed with Wray, who promised at at a hearing this week never to let politics get in the way of the bureau’s mission. Grassley said yesterday that Wray is “the independent leader the FBI needs,” and that he takes Wray at his word that his loyalty will be to the Constitution.
Wray would replace James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May amid an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump’s campaign. The committee vote is scheduled for July 20. Democrats on the committee signaled support for Wray, but it was unclear if they will try and delay the vote. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, said she will vote for Wray. She noted that nominations are often delayed, but said she hopes that the vote on Wray will be “sooner rather than later.”