Trump to nominate ‘impeccable’ Christopher Wray as 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," Trump tweeted.
Wray’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate for him to officially get the role. If successful, he will take over from Andrew McCabe, who has been the bureau’s acting director since President Trump fired James Comey on May 9.
Comey is due to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, on Thursday, where he’s expected to answer questions on the circumstances surrounding his dismissal and the investigation into the president’s alleged links to Russia.
Currently working for global law firm King & Spalding, Wray served as assistant attorney general at the US Justice Department between 2003 and 2005. Nominated by then-President George W. Bush, Wray led several major corporate fraud investigations, including the team tasked with probing the Enron scandal.
He acted as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the ‘Bridgegate’ controversy, an investigation into the closure of lanes on George Washington Bridge in an alleged effort to spite political opponents.
The Yale Law School graduate is ranked by many leading publications as a leading litigator in white-collar crime, with legal directory ‘Chambers’ describing him as “a renowned heavy hitter in this space.”
Harvard Law school professor Jack Goldsmith, who worked as a legal advisor to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense in the Bush administration, described Wray as "smart, serious, and professional," in an article on Lawfare. He noted, however, that Wray doesn't have the same range of experience as his last two predecessors.
"I think Trump’s firing of James Comey was a travesty. 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,” Goldsmith concluded.