One day before fired FBI Director James Comey is to testify under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump announced his nominee to be the next FBI director.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
Christopher Wray is no stranger to the Department of Justice. From his bio:
Mr. Wray first joined the DOJ’s leadership as Associate Deputy Attorney General in May 2001 and was soon appointed the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in September of the same year, with oversight responsibilities spanning the full Department. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wray served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As a prosecutor in Atlanta, he handled a wide variety of federal jury trials, grand jury investigations and appeals as lead counsel.
He was appointed by President George W. Bush as head of DOJ’s Criminal Division in 2003 under Comey, who was Deputy Attorney General, and resigned in 2005 before Comey himself resigned.
That was in the midst of the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby scandal. While at Justice, Wray led the Enron Task Force, which resulted in five convictions and the end of Enron.
Since then, Wray has been a partner at white-shoe law firm King & Spalding‘s Washington D.C. office. He was Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal investigation and trial.
Christie praised Trump’s choice.
When I had to retain legal counsel during a very, very troubling, confusing, difficult time for me, I made one phone call, and that was to Chris Wray. So I can’t give a better recommendation than that. I think the President of the United State should be commended. He did a deliberative process. He met lots of people from what I understand.
Wray should be a good fit at the FBI and well respected at DOJ. Whether he meshes with his ultimate boss in the Oval Office is a whole different omelet, with plenty of broken eggs to show for it.