Trump to tap former Justice Dept official Wray to lead Federal Bureau of Investigation

Wray would succeed James Comey, whom Trump fired last month amid heated tensions over his bureau's investigation into Trump's campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation, as well as Russia's attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. "It is a great honour to be selected by the President to return to the Department of Justice as Director of the FBI", Wray said.

WASHINGTON — Christopher Wray, a lawyer with a strong law enforcement background who represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, was announced Wednesday as President Donald Trumps pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Donald Trump's new nominee to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray, once recommended former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to the role Trump fired her from.

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.

If confirmed, Wray will succeed James B. Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired last month amid the Russian Federation investigation. His appointment would still have to be confirmed by the Senate, which is sure to scrutinize Trump's nominee intensely.

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. Comey is expected to refute Trump's claim that he told the President directly he was not under investigation and is also set to describe interactions with Trump that made him uneasy.

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Wray, in the same statement issued by the White House, said he was honored to be selected. The panel's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen.

While there, he represented Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, in which two of the New Jersey governor's aides were convicted. Senate Republicans and some Democrats praised the nomination.

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

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

"If people thought that Trump might pick a lackey, Chris Wray is not Trump's lackey", Mateja said.

Newsweek noted that Wray will likely face questions from the Senate about his involvement in and potential conflicts of interest regarding Trump's trust, as another partner at Wray's law firm, King & Spalding, is the ethics adviser on the trust.

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But in the era of the Trump presidency - especially after his firing of Comey and the numerous reports that followed of Trump trying to apply political pressure to FBI investigations - there is no telling what might happen.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Wray joined the DOJ in 1997 in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

"Chris Wray has an excellent record of public service, " said Wainstein, who also had been a candidate for the top Federal Bureau of Investigation job. "I don't think you can give a better recommendation than that", Christie told reporters after Wray was nominated.

Wray's nomination is a more traditional choice than others who had been discussed as possible picks.

"Chris is a wonderful choice to lead the FBI who cares deeply about the institution and already has strong relationships with the FBI", Fisher said. He typically represents companies involved in government investigations.

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Wray's selection also highlights an ironic supporting role the then-young Justice Department official played in a 2004 incident that vaulted Comey to national prominence.

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