Posted: 8:17 am Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Almost a month after firing James Comey from the post of FBI Director, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will nominate Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official in the Bush Administration, as his choice for head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
The President has interviewed a number of candidates in recent weeks, but seemed to be having trouble zeroing in on a final pick.
BREAKING: Trump says he has his FBI pick _ Christopher Wray, former Justice Department official who was NJ Gov. Christie's lawyer
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 7, 2017
Wray started his career with the federal government in the US Attorney’s office in Atlanta, where he worked from 1999-2001; he went up the chain, ending as an Assistant Attorney General in the George W. Bush Administration, before returning to private practice with the well-known law firm King & Spalding in 2005.
“Good choice,” said Norm Eisen, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump’s on ethics matters, who noted Wray’s work on the Enron case. “He was very fair.”
>@RepPeteKing on Trump's FBI pick: 'I assume it's a good choice.'
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) June 7, 2017
“Christopher Wray is talented, capable and highly respected,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). “The FBI needs a fresh start and Wray has the ability to provide it.”
FBI nominee Wray has solid credentials – now this job will require independence & guts to stand up to political interference.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) June 7, 2017
“Chris Wray is tough, qualified, and principled,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). “I look forward to sitting down with him to discuss both his commitment to our justice system and his vision for restoring public trust.”