Trump To Name Christopher Wray As Comey Replacement At FBI
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 3:15
A GOP colleague was more cautious.
"I worked with Chris a lot, particularly on the Bristol Myers Squibb prosecution we did, and that's where I got to know Chris the most during our time in the Bush administration", Christie said Thursday of Wray.
Sessions said in a statement that Wray "combines a brilliant legal mind, outstanding accomplishments and a proven record of public service".
Wray headed the department's Criminal Division in 2003, when that division handled national security matters. He also helped reorient the criminal division toward counterterrorism missions after the 9/11 attacks.
"The work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Community is extremely important for our fight against terrorism, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to be at the forefront of fighting crime".
Thomas O'Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, says in a statement that the group's leadership hopes to meet with Wray very soon.
While it is almost a quarter-century since Wray was there, the Fourth Circuit has earned Trump's ire recently for refusing to reinstate his administration's proposed travel ban.
"Important not to confuse lawyers and their clients; I repped some controversial folks too before becoming a watchdog! wray is a good choice", Eisen wrote in one such response. She served as acting attorney general during the transition period and beginning of Trump's administration, while Trump's nominee for the role, then-Sen.
If confirmed, Wray will succeed James B. Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired last month amid the Russian Federation investigation. Ryan said he favored a "career person" and that Wray "certainly seems to fit that bill". Wray, a 50-year-old attorney who once served as assistant to the Attorney General, will be replacing James Comey, recently ousted by Trump.
Lawmakers had little or no advance notice of Trump's choice. Wray, according to Graff, told Comey, "Look, I don't know what's going on, but before you guys all pull the rip cords, please give me a heads-up so I can jump with you".
Rep. Pete King of NY said, "I assume it's a good choice".
Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he will be nominating Christopher Wray, calling him "a man of impeccable credentials".
The announcement also comes shortly after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in early May after his attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended his removal.
Wray's credentials are classic establishment: a Yale Law School graduate and executive editor of the law review, law clerk to a conservative federal judge, longtime federal prosecutor for decades and top official in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.
Wray represented Christie in a scandal that resulted in two of the governor's aides being convicted.