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Trump names Christies’ Bridgegate attorney Christopher Wray to serve as FBI Director

WASHINGTON –  President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he will nominate Christopher Wray, a former assistant attorney general who led the Justice Department’s criminal division under George W. Bush, to serve as FBI director.

Wray, who is currently a partner at the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding, served in the Bush administration from 2003-2005. Wray also worked in the Clinton Justice Department during the late 1990s as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Christoper Wray (King & Spalding)

He recently garnered attention for serving as a personal attorney for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the bridgegate scandal.

Wray, if confirmed, would be tasked with overseeing the Bureau during a volatile time, particularly in light of the political fallout that ensued following last month’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Perhaps as a sign of the drama that any new director might face, several individuals on the president’s shortlist to replace Comey ended up removing themselves from consideration, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.

Days after Comey’s dismissal, The New York Times reported that Comey wrote a memo about a February meeting with Trump.

During the meeting the president reportedly told Comey that he hoped the Bureau would not pursue the investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe following reports that he had twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month under intense bipartisan political pressure stemming from the The Times’ publication of the reported memo, appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation.

Multiple House and Senate Committees are investigating Russia’s attempt to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.

Comey is scheduled to testify in open session Thursday morning before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News.

Feature image is a screenshot from a CNN video.


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Bryan Renbaum

Bryan is a reporter and political columnist with Baltimore Post-Examiner and has broken multiple stories involving athletic scandals. He has been interviewed by ABC's Good Morning America as well as Baltimore area radio stations. Bryan has both covered and worked in the Maryland General Assembly and is extremely knowledgeable of politics, voting patterns and American history. In addition to his regular duties, Bryan freelances for several publications and performs investigative research. He has a B.A. in Political Science. Contact the author.
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