Early this morning, promising that more details will follow, President Trump sent out a tweet that he will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, “a man of impeccable credentials,” to the new Director of the FBI.
So who is Christopher A. Wray, age 50?
From 2003 to 2005, he served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division under the George W. Bush administration. He is currently a litigation partner for the private law firm King & Spalding.
Christopher Wray joined the government in 1997 as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2001 he moved to the Justice Department as associate deputy attorney general and principal associate deputy attorney general.
In 2003 President George W. Bush nominated Wray as assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. This position required US Senate confirmation which Wray received unanimously. Wray was assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005 where he worked under James Comey, then the Deputy Attorney General. While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations like Enron.
in 2005, Wray received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department’s highest award for public service and leadership.
Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 where he represented several Fortune 100 companies.
Wray acted as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.
n 1989, Wray graduated from Yale University, than continued to earn his law degree in 1992 at Yale Law School. While at Yale, Wray was the executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. Wray spent a year clerking for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Wray is married with two children and lives in Georgia.
Peter Jacobs of Business Insider calls the choice of Wray “a safe one for Trump”.
The Demonrats are already snarling. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee before which former FBI director James Comey will testify tomorrow, said Trump’s announcement of nominating Wray is “an effort to distract from our Senate hearings today & tomorrow.”