Trump announces pick for FBI director, and it's Chris Christie's lawyer

Trump announces pick for FBI director, and it's Chris Christie's lawyer

He would be replacing James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month.

According to The Daily Beast, the White House communications staff and senior staffers found out about the Wray pick like everyone else: via Twitter. "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".

Wray also had one unusually high-profile client: the bio on the King and Spalding website states that he represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "in connection with investigations relating to the George Washington Bridge toll lane closings", also known as Bridgegate.

In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray as assistant attorney general leading the DOJ's criminal division.

After being abruptly fired last month, Comey will testify about Trump's attempts to have him end the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser's contacts with Russian Federation, according to CNN.

"Chris Wray is super smart, a great lawyer and highly experienced". "But Wray is a good choice, a much better choice than any name I previously saw floated, and a much better choice than I expected Trump to make".

Christie met Wray when the governor was the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey and said he worked with Wray "a lot".

While Wray will face close questioning in his senate confirmation hearing, his background as a justice department professional may give him an advantage. Those who know Wray said he would be independent.

"Chris is a wonderful choice to lead the FBI who cares deeply about the institution and already has strong relationships with the FBI", Fisher said.

Officials with the ehe American Civil Liberties Union questioned whether Wray could be independent in light of his "firm's legal work for the Trump family, his history of partisan activity, as well as his history of defending Trump's transition director during a criminal scandal".

Wray, now a partner at King & Spalding, led the Justice Department's Criminal Division from 2003 to 2005, and his firm biography says that he "helped lead the Department's efforts to address the wave of corporate fraud scandals and restore integrity to US financial markets". Back in 2013, two Christie associates created gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., to punish the town's mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election.

Christie, who is friends with Trump, declined to say whether he had any involvement in the president's decision to consider Wray for the role.


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