Posted: 8:17 am Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
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.”
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.