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Congress

Livestream: FBI Director Christopher Wray Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On July 23 at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, ”Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The committee has called FBI Director Christopher Wray as a witness. A livestream of the hearing is available here and below.

Congress

Video: FBI Director Chris Wray Testifies Before Senate on Bureau Budget

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifed on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Bureau's Fiscal 2020 budget. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including law enforcement and intelligence challenges, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the Mueller report and Attorney General Bill Barr's characterization of lawful surveillance during the 2016 campaign as "spying." The full video is available below.

Donald Trump

Christopher Wray’s First Problem: What to Do About Andrew McCabe

Christopher Wray took the oath of office at the FBI yesterday and thus started the clock ticking on a difficult problem he’s going to have to address: the fate of his deputy, Andrew McCabe, who has been serving as acting director since President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

FBI

Wray Does Well; the Senate Judiciary Committee Does Not

President Trump's nominee to head the FBI, Christoper Wray acquitted himself well this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He came off as sincere, serious, and well-intentioned. He said all the right things about protecting the Bureau's independence. And if he didn't address many of the key questions on which the Senate should have required answers, that's not really his fault.

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Liveblog: Confirmation Hearing for Christopher Wray as FBI Director

Starting at 9:30am this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for FBI Director. Follow the livestream and keep up with Lawfare's liveblog below.

Wray's prepared remarks are available here.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's statement is available here.

Donald Trump

Don’t Look Now but President Trump Named a New FBI Director

Yesterday, President Trump announced on Twitter that he plans to nominate Christopher Wray as the new Director of the FBI. The FBI is currently being led by Acting Director Andrew McCabe, whom the New York Times reported was considered for the post. The Senate must confirm Wray before he can assume the directorship.

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