The White House announced on Monday that it officially sent its expected nomination of Christopher Wray to the Senate for his confirmation as FBI director.

If confirmed, it's unclear if Wray would lead the investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia. He would replace former FBI Director James Comey, whose controversial firing provoked congressional calls for an unbiased replacement. Trump tweeted in early June that he would nominate Wray, a defense lawyer and former Justice Department official under former President George W. Bush.

CNN reported that Wray said in a statement he looked forward to his confirmation process. “I look forward to the confirmation process, and pledge my complete commitment to fairly and honorably protecting our country and upholding our Constitution and laws,” Wray said.

“From my earliest days working with agents as a line prosecutor to my time working with them at the Department of Justice in the aftermath of 9/11, I have been inspired by the men and women of the FBI — inspired by their professionalism, integrity, courage, and sacrifice for the public.”

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