Trump Taps Former DOJ Official Christopher A. Wray as New FBI Director

Nick Mcbride
June 8, 2017

The US Senate has to approve the choice to replace James Comey, who was sacked last month in the middle of the FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election.

Wray, now a partner at King & Spalding, led the Justice Department's Criminal Division from 2003 to 2005, and his firm biography says that he "helped lead the Department's efforts to address the wave of corporate fraud scandals and restore integrity to USA financial markets".

Trump's tweet described Wray as "a man of impeccable credentials". "In the coming weeks, we will evaluate Christopher Wray's qualifications to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his plans for our security and law enforcement". He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia in 1997 and began working at Main Justice in 2001.

He graduated from Yale University in 1989 and Yale Law School in 1992, according to his law firm's website. Since then, he has specialized in white collar and internal investigations, according to the Department of Justice.

He most notably represented New Jersey Governor and Trump ally Chris Christie in the 2013 scandal over the closure of a key bridge to hurt Christie's political rivals.

From 2003 to 2005, Wray was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division, confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the role.

Mr Trump, in a statement later on Wednesday, called Mr Wray "an impeccably qualified individual".

While the choice captured headlines early in the day, it was quickly overwhelmed by the advance release of Comey's riveting testimony, in which he said Trump sought his loyalty at a January dinner. Wray was a former USA assistant attorney general who represented the governor following the Bridgegate scandal.

"It's obvious that Chris Christie apparently does have some sway over the president", said state Sen.

Wray was with Christie when the governor was questioned by federal prosecutors and FBI agents at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, in December 2014.

"In light of the president's constant efforts to block the truth, the nomination of Christopher Wray should be subject to the utmost scrutiny".

In an early morning two-sentence tweet, Trump said he meant to nominate Wray, a high-ranking official in George W. Bush's Justice Department.

"I've known [Wray] and worked with him for two decades, in both his private and public sector stints, know he has enormous respect for the Justice Department and believe he will bring the independence and strength needed in this challenging environment", MacBridge told Politico. "He's an outstanding lawyer", Christie told reporters in Trenton last week.

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