U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to keep Christopher Wray as FBI Director, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing a White House source.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday if Biden had confidence in Wray and said she had not spoken to the newly elected president about the matter.
Wray, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, is serving a 10-year term. He was expected to remain in place.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, declined to say whether Wray would hold onto his role during her first press conference on Wednesday. She said she had not spoken with Biden about the matter.
The FBI is currently conducting a massive investigation into the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Dozens have been arrested and charged in connection with the breach of Congress.
The Justice Department, which contains the FBI, is also probing the financial affairs of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden disclosed the investigation in December.
Wray was installed by Trump in 2017 after the former president fired James Comey, who was at the time leading investigations related to the Trump 2016 campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
News that Biden will leave Wray atop the FBI was first reported by CNN.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was non-committal at her debut briefing on Wednesday about keeping Wray in place at the FBI, saying she hadn’t spoken to Biden about it. Although the president had hinted he would keep Wray on for his 10-year term, questions had reemerged about whether he would stay on after the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
“All interactions with the Biden team have been very positive,” a U.S. government official told POLITICO about Wray’s relationship with the administration.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has affirmed that the bureau conducted illegal surveillance of former Trump 2016 presidential campaign associate Carter Page, during a Feb. 5 House Judiciary Committee hearing.