"I am proud to announce Christopher as my choice as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Jeff Sessions of Alabama, awaited confirmation. "His exceptional abilities were recognized, and he was brought to the Department of Justice headquarters.where he performed superbly during the incredibly intense period after 9/11".
The qualifications include a run in federal courts and a stint in the Department of Justice, though his career since has been rooted in the private sector litigating white-collar cases with the global firm King & Spalding.
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.
Wray represented New Jersey Governor and Trump ally Chris Christie in an investigation that saw two aides convicted for plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic politician who wouldn't endorse Christie. Christie was never charged with any wrongdoing.
The FBI's work on the Russian Federation investigation is being overseen by Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who was named special counsel for that probe by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Comey's firing. Comey has alleged in memos that, before Trump fired him, the president requested his FBI director pledge loyalty and urged him to back off his investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn, people familiar with the memos have said.
Despite not being in a political position, Wray has consistently donated to Republican candidates in the past. One of his biggest cases was the prosecution of a massive bookkeeping scandal that led to the bankruptcy of the Houston-based Enron energy conglomerate and the dissolution of Arthur Andersen, one of the five largest auditing companies in the country.
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As far as the timing of this announcement coming one day before Comey's testimony, Wilson said it's "sort of like shooting off a cap gun in order to distract from a train crash".
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.
Wray must not take on the director job with the goal of continuing to do "the same old same old".
"The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order created to protect the citizens of the United States". He was a line prosecutor.
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. He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia in 1997 and began working at Main Justice in 2001.
Among Wray's credentials is a stint as the assistant attorney general leading the Justice Department's criminal division, from 2003 to 2005. The White House has said Flynn, who was sacked in February, misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump took office in January.
"We learned from the tweet", Grassley told reporters Wednesday morning. After that ruling, Christie's office revealed that Wray had the phone. 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.