President Trump took to twitter to announce his pick for FBI director, in an early morning Wednesday tweet; he made an official announcement that former assistant attorney general Christopher A. Wray, was his choice for the new Director of the FBI.
Trump’s tweet informing the public of his nomination of Lawyer Christopher Wray comes on the eve of Former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony on Capitol Hill. Comey’s appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday will be his first public testimony, since his dismissal.
The announcement by Trump comes after White House reports of Trump interviewing two FBI candidates in late May. According to a New York Times report, one of the candidates was Wray.
Christopher Wray served in the Bush administration 2003-05
Trump described Wray as “a man of impeccable credentials,” ending the two-sentence tweet with, “Details to follow.”
Wray served in the George W. Bush Justice Department. His leadership role would propel him to head the criminal division, thus overseeing corporate fraud investigations.
Fired FBI Director James Comey was deputy attorney general at the time. Wray would later oversee and head a task force of FBI agents and prosecutors charged with investigating the Enron scandal.
Wray currently works for the private practice, King & Spalding law firm. As the personal lawyer for Republican Chris Christie, he represented Gov. Chris Christie in the “Bridgegate” scandal.
Two former Christie aides were convicted of conspiring to close bridge lanes on the George Washing Bridge to seek revenge on the Democratic mayor who refused to endorse Christie.
Gov. Christie, who has on many occasions advised Trump, was not charged in the bridge case scandal.
Christie and Wray’s paths crossed when Christie was the New Jersey prosecutor in the Bush administration.
Possessing a solid law enforcement background, Wray may have been the traditional “outsider” choice for what Trump envisions for FBI Director. Trump threw names of current and former politicians into the hat for the role, including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Rumors of Lieberman facing a challenging confirmation process; could have accounted for Trump withdrawing his name from consideration.
Wray will replace former FBI Director James Comey, fired in early May. As the top official in the Trump administration, Comey led a criminal investigation into whether or not Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russians to sway the results of the 2016 presidential election.
During his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, Comey is expected to detail his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his May 9 firing. Comey could offer new details regarding discussions with Trump about the
President Trump’s White House administration are focused on seeking ways to mitigate potentially damaging testimony and have made it a point to work on strategies specifically aimed at undermining Comey’s testimony and his credibility.