Former federal prosecutor Chris Wray, Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, testified on July 12 in a confirmation hearing before the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Trump announced Wray’s nomination on June 7 on Twitter, just over a month after unceremoniously firing James Comey from the job—a decision Trump later said was related to his frustration with the ongoing Russia probe.
A former Justice Department attorney, Wray has worked in private practice for more than a decade, mostly representing companies and officials accused of federal crimes. He has close ties to New Jersey governor and one-time Trump advisor Chris Christie, serving as his “personal attorney” during the Bridgegate investigation.
Wray’s nomination requires a simple majority vote in the Senate. As Republicans hold 52 of the seats, he is likely to be confirmed.
How to watch the Wray hearing online
Wray’s testimony began at 9:30 am US eastern time. It was streamed online via PBS NewsHour (you can also watch PBS’s stream here, on the player above) and C-SPAN. There was also a live stream on the Senate website.
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- As investigations rock the Trump administration, US government employees are lawyering up
- The key questions around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer
- New emails from Donald Trump Jr. show his father’s campaign was eager for Russian government help
This post has been updated.