Who is Christopher Wray?

Donald Trump announced Wednesday he's nominating former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray as his new FBI director to replace the ousted James Comey.

Wray, who will require Senate confirmation, had interviewed with Trump at the White House on May 30.

"Wray, a former assistant attorney general overseeing the criminal division under President George W Bush, is likely to allay the fears of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who anxious that Mr Trump would try to weaken or politicise the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the paper commented.

Wray was nominated in 2003 by President George W. Bush to service as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division.

Wray, 50, is a litigation attorney with law firm King & Spalding in Washington and Atlanta. He represented Christie, a Trump ally, in the George Washington Bridge investigation, in which two former aides to the Republican governor were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie.

He graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1989, became executive editor of Yale Law Review, and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992. And in the end when I heard that he had made the choice of Chris Wray, I commend him for it, the president made an outstanding choice, a non-political choice.

"I think a lot of people thought all the focus would be on terrorism and everything else would go into the ditch", Wray said.

"Mr. Wray is a safe, mainstream pick from a president who at one point was considering politicians for a job that has historically been kept outside of politics", the New York Times said.

Wray is a personal attorney for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a major supporter of Trump who is often mentioned as a possible future high-ranking administration post. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe after misrepresenting his contact with Russian officials during the election.

In 2017, Sally Yates said she would not instruct the Department of Justice to defend Donald Trump's travel ban, and Trump subsequently fired Yates, saying that Yates betrayed the department.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not say whether he had been informed of the decision ahead of time but released a statement mid-afternoon praising Wray's credentials.

Sally began her law career with King & Spalding and worked at the firm for several years before joining the United States Attorney's Office. Ryan said he favoured a "career person" and that Wray "certainly seems to fit that bill". From 2003 to 2005, he headed the department's criminal division.

"As the key stakeholder in this process, it is critically important that the FBIAA understands his views on the FBI, Special Agents, and the criminal and national security threats that Agents combat daily", the association's president Thomas O'Connor said in the statement. Although Sessions remains in the post, White House press secretary Sean Spice on Tuesday declined to say whether Trump retains confidence in his attorney general.

  • Larry Hoffman