WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami) — The president now has a new FBI Director after James Comey’s firing in May.
The Senate confirmed Christopher Wray after holding hours of debates on President Donald Trump’s nominee.
Wray is a well-established Washington lawyer who was an assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush.
Wray led the Justice Department’s criminal division while Comey was deputy attorney general.
President Trump has said he is “an impeccably qualified individual” and a “fierce guardian of the law.”
A graduate of Yale Law, Wray is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Georgia.
Just before 9/11, he became associate deputy attorney general and later moved on to head the Justice Department’s criminal division.
Last year, Wray served as Chris Christie’s lawyer – hired to navigate the “Bridgegate’ scandal.
Former Justice Department officials have spoken highly of Wray, describing him as: “the right man at the right time for the nation and the FBI.”
Wray’s mission now would be to bring stability to the FBI and its more than 35,000 employees.
Meantime, at the White House, there’s a new man on the job – Chief of Staff John Kelly – who is doing his best to quickly bring order to the West Wing. He’s already made several changes after just one day on the job.
Kelly’s initial order of business was getting rid of newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
The pecking order in the West Wing has changed. All staffers including the president’s daughter, Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner will now report directly to Kelly instead of the president.
“There is one change the president does not plan to make – his use of social media. He says his tweets are the only way for him to communicate the truth to the American people.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also named a new federal prisons director. This Friday, the embattled Sessions will hold a news conference about the Department of Justice’s investigation into ongoing intelligence leaks. The department does not typically make announcements about its investigations.
As for a new communications director, the names being considered for the open position include Special Assistant to the President Hope Hicks and David La Pan, a communications specialist who worked with Kelly at the Pentagon and Homeland Security.