President Trump tweets his nomination for new FBI Director

Frederick Owens
June 8, 2017

President Donald Trump has announced his pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation: former Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General Christopher Wray, who was lead investigator for the Enron debacle and who also was Chris Christie's attorney in the Bridge-gate scandal.

Trump's tweets that his choice — lawyer Christopher Wray — is "a man of impeccable credentials". "Details to follow", tweeted Trump. He is also expected to refute Trump's previous assertions that Comey assured him three times that the president was not a subject of the FBI's wide-ranging investigation, according to a person familiar with his actions.

Markets and investors are now focused on former FBI Director James Comey's first public testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

Wray served in a leadership role in the George W. Bush Justice Department, rising to head the criminal division and overseeing investigations into corporate fraud.

Wray is viewed among USA officials as a safe choice as he lacks partisan traits, despite having donated consistently to Republican candidates during elections.

Wray represented Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, in which two of the New Jersey governor's aides were convicted. Christopher Wray did. The phone never made its way into the courtroom.

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The "details to follow" will likely be more about Wray himself, who is largely unknown to everyday Americans. At separate points, former Connecticut Sen.

But Comey will also be pressed over reports, citing private notes he wrote, that in three meetings and phone calls in January and February, Trump urged him to halt or ease up on the Russian Federation probe's focus on his former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Many lawmakers have said that Trump should pick a career law enforcement professional.

Christie had previously said he "gave it to the government" a while earlier, but the USA attorney's office said it never had the phone. "And he oversaw the Justice Department's Criminal Division in the aftermath of 9/11, which is critical to deal with the counterterrorism challenges that exist now".

He also helped coordinate the agency's response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Mueller, ironically, had a background almost identical to that of Wray - he served as a former head of Justice's Criminal Division and was deputy attorney general. While Warner said he didn't know Wrap personally, he noted the former Justice official has a good reputation.

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