President-elect Joe Biden reportedly plans to keep Christopher Wray as his FBI chief if Wray is still in the top post by the time the Biden administration begins.
A senior Biden official told The New York Times that Biden’s team was “not removing the F.B.I. director unless Trump fired him.”
Such a decision by Biden would be a return to the norm practiced by previous administrations. Generally, FBI directors, who are Senate-confirmed, are able to serve their full 10-year terms. Security experts have argued that doing so helps to create a sense of stability in the intelligence community.
Trump shattered the practice when he took office and moved to fire FBI Director James Comey amid the ongoing federal investigation into Russian election interference and potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, a move that sparked the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Comey was appointed by Trump’s predecessor, former President Obama. Trump then hand-picked Wray, a Republican who previously served in the George W. Bush administration, to replace Comey.
But Trump, who demands loyalty, quickly became frustrated with Wray, who sought to avoid wading into partisan matters.
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