Trump to nominate Christie's Bridgegate lawyer to lead FBI

Claudine Rigal
Juin 8, 2017

President Trump will nominate former Justice Department official Christopher Wray for FBI director to replace James Comey, who was abruptly fired last month as he conducted an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

And Ryan says that Wray - a lawyer who served in the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush - "certainly seems to fit that bill".

Trump, in a statement later Wednesday, called Wray "an impeccably qualified individual".

Wray is now a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, and he chairs the firm's Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group. Joe Lieberman of CT, and some FBI agents anxious that Trump would try to politicize the bureau.

Trump's nomination of Wray drew praise from some of his toughest critics, as former Obama White House ethics czar Norm Eisen and former Obama Department of Defense spokesman Matthew Miller both said he was as good a choice as could be expected from Trump.

Wray is a traditional choice for the job.

Wray most recently represented Christie during the fallout of a scandal in which the governor's allies were ultimately found guilty of engineering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in retaliation against a Democratic mayor. The response in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Wray would only need a simple majority vote, was supportive but cautious.

Comey is scheduled to testify in front of a Senate intelligence committee Thursday.

Trump had struggled to find a successor to Comey after his controversial decision to oust the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief and a string of candidates, including former Sen.

Wray was interviewed by Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, two weeks ago, a Justice Department official told CNN. Christie said at a news conference last week that he worked together with Wray "a lot". Rumors swirled that top officials - including Comey and then-FBI Director Robert Mueller - were preparing their resignations over the White House action.

Christie, who has informally advised Trump, was not charged in the bridge case.

Former colleagues described Wray as serious and professional.

From 1997 to 2001, Wray served as an assistant USA attorney in north Georgia.

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