Updated: February 26, 2021
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will keep Christopher Wray as FBI Director, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday.
“I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing,” Psaki tweeted, following a press briefing on Wednesday.
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Psaki had said at her first press briefing on Wednesday she did not have an answer on whether President Biden would keep him or not. She said she had not spoken to Mr. Biden about it.
Wray was named by former President Donald J. Trump after the president fired James Comey in 2017.
Comey was investigating the Russia interference in the 2016 elections.
Wray is currently investigating an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by pro-Trump supporters, who were incited and directed by the former President to march on the Capitol and “take our country back” with “strength.”
The deadly insurrection happened as the lawmakers were about to certify Biden’s win.
Dozens of white supremacists, extremists and other radicals have been arrested and charged and hundreds more are expected to be prosecuted.
By keeping Wray, President Biden is giving him the opportunity to complete his first term of five years.
He had hinted that he would allow him to complete another term of five years.