Like Brown, Portman did not say how he planned to vote. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Portman said he did not know Wray, though the two worked in the George W. Bush administration. Portman served as U.S. trade representative and director of the Office of Management and Budget under Bush.
“It’s the premier law enforcement agency in the country,” Portman told Bloomberg TV. “It is an agency that has over time been able to keep a distance from politics and I think that’s important.”
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Trump reportedly considered elected or former elected officials for the post, a move many lawmakers opposed.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said while he wants to learn more about Wray during Senate confirmation hearings, “it looks as if” Wray “is a solid, common sense pick for FBI director who will provide a good opportunity for the Bureau to move past the controversial tenure of James Comey.”