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Who is FBI Director Christopher A. Wray?

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FBI director Christopher Wray has worked in the government organization for a number of years.

He was first appointed into his director role by former president Donald Trump.
Christopher Wray Credit: Alamy Live News

Who is FBI Director Christopher A. Wray?

Christopher Asher Wray is an American lawyer who has served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2017.

From 2003 to 2005, Wray served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in George W. Bush's administration.

Wray was awarded the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department Of Justice’s highest award for leadership and public service.

Wray, 54, is a native New Yorker.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing Credit: AP:Associated Press

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1989 and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992.

Trump was the first president to have nominated Wray into his administration, and as the director is serving a ten-year term Biden kept him on.

When was Christopher Wray appointed as Director of the FBI?

The Senate confirmed Wray as director in 2017 shortly after former president Donald Trump ousted past director James Comey.

Comey was criticized for his handling of the FBI's investigation of the Hillary Clinton email controversy and Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

Wray was was approved by the senate with a 92-5 vote.

At the time, Wray pledged he would "never allow the FBI's work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period."
Christopher A. Wray listens to comments during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Credit: Getty Images - Getty

And he added that anyone who thought he would pull any punches as FBI director "sure doesn't know me very well."

According to NPR, Wray "has spent years working in and around the U.S. Justice Department, making national security policy and overseeing cases against corrupt business executives. But he's operated outside the spotlight, by design."

What duties does the Director of the FBI fulfill?

As the head of the bureau, the director is responsible for ensuring that cases and operations are handled correctly.

The director is also is in charge of staffing the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents.

The FBI investigates cases pertaining to terrorism, counterintelligence, cyber crime, public corruption, civil rights, organized crime, white collar crime, violent crime and weapons of mass destruction.

The FBI director is who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a full committee hearing Credit: AFP or licensors

The results of FBI investigations are often reviewed by the judicial system during court proceedings.

Within the US. Department of Justice, the FBI responds to the attorney general, and it reports its findings to US Attorneys across the country.

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Who is Christopher A. Wray married to?
Christopher and Helen Wray Credit: AFP - Getty

Christopher married Helen Wray in 1989.

Helen, who's maiden name is Howell, comes from a political family. Her great-grandfather, Clark Howell, was the former mayor of Atlanta and owned the Atlanta Constitution.

Helen and Christopher are both Yale alumni. Helen worked as a business manager for the school while she was studying.

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