President Donald Trump’s enemy list may have become longer again. A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions crossed from the president’s friend to enemy list after the AG said he will stay on the job, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI.

Wray will replace James Comey who Trump fired initially for allegedly bungling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Later, the president admitted he fired Comey for refusing to stop the FBI investigation on ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over collusion with Russia during the 2016 U.S.


Independent director

Comey refused to be subservient to Trump and because of that, he lost his job. Wray, whom Trump nominated to replace Comey, however, appears to have the same independent spirit as Comey. Wray got the nod of both Republicans and Democrats in the same committee because in his hearing last week, he vowed never to let politics hinder the mission of the FBI, The New York Daily News reported.

Now, that could add to the headaches of the president who is mad at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe when Trump was counting on the AG – who was part of the Trump campaign and the billionaire’s friend – to side with him in the investigation. On top of that, special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the investigation, is sparing no efforts in proving that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.

In that, there are reports that he is now including Trump’s financial deals in his investigation.

Right view of the job

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointed out that beyond his credentials, Wray has the right view of the job. The director is supposed to be independent and loyal to the country, not to the sitting president as Trump was allegedly demanding of Comey.

Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein added that Wray has the fortitude and strength to stand up and do the right when being tested. Feinstein said the country needs leaders with steel spines, not weak knees. She hopes that Wray will prove the committee was right in recommending him to replace Comey. From the committee, his nomination moves to the Senate floor.

Some Twitter users, however, doubt if Wray is the best man for the job because as FBI director, he would report to Trump, and his law firm had Russian companies as clients.