President Trump announces pick for FBI Director

In this Jan. 12, 2005 file photo, Assistant Attorney General, Christopher Wray speaks at a press conference at the Justice Dept. in Washington. President Donald Trump has picked a longtime lawyer and former Justice Department official to be the next FBI director. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he will be nominating Christopher Wray, calling him “a man of impeccable credentials.” (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS / AP) — President Donald Trump has announced his FBI pick, Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s lawyer.

Wray would fill the vacant spot left by former director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump last month. The President shared the news via Twitter at 7:45 a.m. calling Wray “…a man of impeccable credentials.”

Wray, a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, was nominated by President George W. Bush as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division and served in that position until 2005.

After serving in the Department of Justice, Wray returned to private practice, specializing in white collar and internal investigations.

Wray helped lead the Department’s efforts to address corporate fraud scandals and served on the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, overseeing the Enron Task Force as part of his role.

Wray was also integral in the DOJ’s response to the attacks on September 11th, 2001, playing a role in the oversight and legal operational actions in the war on terrorism.

Wray was not part of the original short list as potential FBI directors being considered by the White House. According to a source,  Christopher Wray was interviewed by Mr. Trump and his name began to emerge as strong possibility last week.

 

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