Biden to keep Wray on as FBI director

Source: Politico | January 21, 2021 | Ben Leonard and Tyler Pager

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was non-committal about keeping Wray in that post in her first briefing of the administration Wednesday.

President Joe Biden will keep FBI Director Christopher Wray on in that role, a source familiar with the president’s plan told POLITICO.

Wray was named to head the bureau in 2017 by former President Donald Trump, who sparked controversy earlier that year by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

News that Biden will leave Wray atop the FBI was first reported by CNN.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was non-committal at her debut briefing on Wednesday about keeping Wray in place at the FBI, saying she hadn’t spoken to Biden about it. Although the president had hinted he would keep Wray on for his 10-year term, questions had reemerged about whether he would stay on after the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

Leadership at the FBI has been under the microscope for its response to the Capitol riots. Wray didn’t appear publicly for more than a week after the Jan. 6 Capitol takeover and the Department of Justice announced Friday that it launched an internal review into its response to the deadly insurrection, examining intelligence and how information was shared.

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