President Trump Nominates Christopher Wray as FBI Director

Ruben Ruiz
Июня 8, 2017

President Donald Trump's pick for FBI chief, corporate lawyer Christopher Wray, would likely face conflicts of interest at the agency due to his defense work for many big companies and be forced to step aside from some investigations, legal ethics experts said on Wednesday.

The position of FBI Director has been open for more than a month, so the timing of the president's nomination of Christopher Wray to replace James Comey is being called into question.

Wray rose to head the department's criminal division in the Bush administration and oversaw investigations into corporate fraud, at a time when Comey was deputy attorney general.

During his time at DOJ, Wray became known for overseeing the Enron prosecution task force and playing a major role in the department's post-9/11 response.

The announcement comes a day before Comey's much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

James Comey, dismissed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director on May 9, is slated to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday about investigations of possible ties between Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and the Trump campaign.

Almost two hours after Trump tweeted "details to follow" about Wray, the Justice Department circulated a one-page primer on Wray's prior government service, work in private practice and education to Republican surrogates, according to a source with knowledge of the document. "He will serve the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation well", said former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson.

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Wray graduated from Yale in 1989 and received his law degree in 1992 from Yale Law School, where he served as the executive editor of Yale Law Journal.

Those in the know believe that Trump could have made a worse choice than Christopher Wray when it comes to picking a new Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Chris is a wonderful choice to lead the F.B.I. who cares deeply about the institution and already has strong relationships with the F.B.I".

Wray most recently represented Christie during the fallout of a scandal in which the governor's allies were ultimately found guilty of engineering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in retaliation against a Democratic mayor.

Mr Wray, a partner at King & Spalding, is a safe, mainstream pick from a President who at one point was considering politicians for a job that has historically been kept outside of politics. She served as acting attorney general during the transition period and beginning of Trump's administration, while Trump's nominee for the role, then-Sen.

Democrats and other groups quickly pounced on the announcement, noting that Wray had been at the Justice Department during a time when it offered legal justification for enhanced interrogation techniques, which some say was torture. Wray may direct all questions about Russian Federation and the Trump 2016 campaign to him. Trump fired Comey in May and has been interviewing candidates to succeed him.

Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman, described him as "probably the best choice from the WH short list". He's an excellent lawyer who will provide even keeled leadership.

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