Trump to nominate former Assistant AG as Federal Bureau of Investigation head

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will nominate former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey. "He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Christie said.

In a tweet outlining his choice, Mr Trump said lawyer Christopher Wray is "a man of impeccable credentials".

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He served as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division from 2003 to 2005, working on corporate fraud scandals and cases involving USA financial markets, according to his biography on the law firm's website. 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.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top democrat on the judiciary committee, said she needs to learn more about Wray. As he did at the Justice Department, Wray specializes in white collar and corporate fraud cases, only now as a defense attorney. The panel's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen.

None of those people, though, ultimately panned out, and Trump soon turned his focus to former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman.

A 2015 letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee co-signed by Wray praises Yates for her "extraordinary legal skill and judgment".

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.

Trump also considered more conventional picks, including former FBI official Richard McFeely, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Transportation Security Agency Director John Pistole. He was among the top Justice Department officials who planned to resign en masse with Comey and then-FBI Director Robert Mueller after top White House officials attempted in 2004 to reinstate a warrantless domestic surveillance program that the Justice Department had ruled illegal.

Yates was abruptly fired by Trump in late January for her refusal to implement the first iteration of Trump's ban on travelers from a number of Muslim-majority countries.

Wray works for King & Spalding's Washington and Atlanta offices, handling white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases, according to the firm.

Wray is a partner in the law firm King & Spalding. But Lieberman, too, withdrew from consideration because another lawyer at his firm was tapped to help Trump with the investigation into whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

With a strong law enforcement background, Wray is a traditional choice for the job.

Warner doesn't know that much about Wray, he said, but "I hear he had a good reputation".

Thomas O'Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association which endorsed former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., for the job, said the group "looks forward" to meeting with Wray.

He says it's important the organization representing more than 13,000 agents "understands his views on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, special agents, and the criminal and national security threats that agents combat daily".

Wray worked for the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.

Wray will also face scrutiny over the fact that the firm he now works for has also in the past represented Rosneft, Russia's state-owned oil company.

  • Salvatore Jensen