Trump Nominates Christopher A. Wray as FBI Director
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early this morning that he will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a well known prosecutor in New York as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,” the president tweeted. “Details to follow.”
Wray will succeed James Comey who was fired by Trump last month following his alleged refusal to terminate FBI’s investigations into his former security adviser, Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia, and the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
The nomination of Wray was announced only a day before former director Comey is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee where he is expected to detail his conversations with President Trump.
Intelligence experts believe the president asked the former FBI director to end his investigations into Flynn and Russia during those discussions, and was fired when he refused to do so.
The new nominee, Wray has extensive investigative experience having overseen the Justice Department’s criminal division as the Deputy Attorney General during the George W. Bush administration.
He later went into private practice with the powerful firm of King & Spalding.
Experts say Trump is attempting to allay the fears of those who believe that the president’s firing of director Comey and his subsequent pronouncements have politicized the FBI and irreparably damaged its reputation.
Wray is also famous for his role during the New Jersey Bridgegate scandal involving Governor Chris Christie, a friend of Donald Trump, and his top aides.
Christie was not charged with any wrongdoing during Bridgegate but three of his aides were convicted of federal crimes for shutting down the George Washington Bridge during rush hours as pay-back against a local mayor.
“You can expect him to be grilled over his role during the Bridgegate scandal at his confirmation,” a Democratic source told us Wednesday.
Another partner with the same law firm Wray works for is also an ethics adviser to Donald Trump and experts are worried about that “connection.”
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