Apart from once, it has never been recorded that a US Senator voted against a person designated for the position of the FBI director, but it happened today.
On Tuesday afternoon, five Democrats voted against President Trump’s nominee, Christopher Wray to head the nation’s investigative agency.
Lawmakers seem to be divided
For decades, lawmakers have always gone for nonpartisan nominees and a broad bipartisan advocate on pivotal, but the recent happenings depict that the lawmakers are not very close than they have been in the times past.
The 92-5 vote had the last list of negative votes including Sens. Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren.
In July, the Senate Judiciary Committee supported that Wray who worked in the Department of Justice during the regime of George W.Bush should take up the position.
Sen. Rand Paul didn’t vote positive following the questions he raised. Paul asked how the agency was employing surveillance unmanned aircraft on American soil. This was the first opposing history ever recorded since James Comey was confirmed in 2013.
Trump sacked Comey in May following the investigation by the agency on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, and alleged cooperation with the campaign associates of Trump.
In line with the Congressional Research Service, the need for confirmation of FBI director by the senate was first needed in 1968.
In 1978, William Webster was confirmed without the roll call casting votes. Likewise in 1993, Louis Freeh was also upheld in the same manner. Other nominees were William Sessions, Clarence Kelley and Robert Mueller were confirmed by 90-0, 96-0 and 98-0 margins respectively.
Before the need for Senate confirmation arose years back, J. Edgar Hoover handled the position for about 48 years. He held the job through 1935 during the time Bureau of Investigation turned into the Federal Bureau of Investigation.