Trump to Nominate Christopher Wray as FBI Chief

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President Trump says he’ll nominate former Justice Department official Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as FBI director. Trump tweeted today that Wray is “a man of impeccable credentials,” the Associated Press reports. There was no more information in the two-sentence tweet that ends, “Details to follow.” Wray, who headed the Justice Department ‘s criminal division in the George W. Bush administration, emerged from a list of former prosecutors, politicians and law enforcement officials interviewed by Trump since the president fired Comey last month. Wray is a lawyer at the firm King & Spalding. He represented New Jersey Gov. Christie during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case. Two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse the Republican governor.

Wray is a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on his background in 2005: His first day at the Justice Department required him to sort out how the FBI misplaced files in the trial of Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City. Wray worked closely with [then-Deputy Attorney General Larry] Thompson to bring indictments against individuals at energy giant Enron and HealthSouth Corp. In addition to helping secure indictments against terror cell members, he helped coordinate the investigation of the Washington area snipers. Under his watch, the DOJ criminal division dealt blows to drug traffickers, intellectual property thieves and distributors of child pornography. “I think a lot of people thought all the focus would be on terrorism and everything else would go into the ditch,” Wray said. “In fact, I think we’ve accomplished incredible things.”

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