On Wednesday, Predisneet Trump named his new FBI director nominee.
President Trump announced he will nominate Christopher A. Wray to serve as the new FBI director.
The President tweeted out: “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
If Wray is confirmed he will replace former FBI Director James Comey who Trump fired for being a bumbling fool.
The Hill reports:
The announcement comes a day before Comey is scheduled to testify in a highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about whether Trump attempted to pressure him to ease off the probe.
Wray’s selection may be an attempt to reassure those who believe Trump’s handling of Comey and the Russia inquiry has politicized the FBI, which prides itself on its independence.
Wray has an extensive background in federal law enforcement. Trump at one point was considering former elected officials for the job, which has typically been filled by former federal prosecutors or FBI officials.
Wray served as an assistant attorney general who oversaw the criminal division under former President George W. Bush before entering private practice at the firm King & Spalding. His Justice Department tenure overlapped with Comey’s stint as deputy attorney general.
Even some Trump’s critics applauded his decision to pick Wray.
“Good choice. Oversaw Enron case, which I also spent years of my life on. He was very fair. I endorse,” tweeted Norm Eisen, former President Barack Obama’s chief ethics lawyer.
But during his confirmation process, Wray will likely face scrutiny over his ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), whom he represented in the Bridgegate scandal.
Three of Christie’s top aides were found guilty of federal offenses for shutting down the George Washington Bridge as retribution against a local mayor. But Christie, a close Trump ally, was not charged.
Another partner at Wray’s firm serves as an ethics adviser to Trump’s personal trust, which holds his business assets. That connection could also come up in Senate conformation hearings.
Wray could also face questions about how he plans to lead a bureau that was rocked by Comey’s firing.
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