Who is Christopher Wray, Trump's pick for FBI director

Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith, who served as a top official at the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel when Wray was at the department - and has been a vocal critic of Trump - called Wray a "much better choice" than the other names floated to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He was first promoted to principal deputy then in 2003, Wray was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the department's Criminal Division, he served in this position till 2005.

Sessions said in a statement that Wray "combines a brilliant legal mind, outstanding accomplishments and a proven record of public service". "His exceptional abilities were recognized, and he was brought to the Department of Justice headquarters.where he performed superbly during the incredibly intense period after 9/11".

The Yale Law School graduate is now a partner at King & Spalding law firm in its offices in Washington DC and Atlanta.

Wray also represented the federal government in IL v. Caballes, a 2004 Supreme Court case in which he defended the police use of drug-sniffing dogs in routine searches.

Wray has close ties to Gov. Chris Christie. Christie is a Trump ally and informal adviser.

The timing could also be aimed at blunting the impact of Comeys testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday.

Comey, during his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, is expected to describe his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his May 9 firing.

"In the Enron case, (Wray) demonstrated that no interest was too big to prosecute, " Fuentes said, referring to Wray's management of the complex corporate fraud prosecution.

Wray said, "We're more known for calmly and quietly diffusing a crisis or making matters go quietly away and keeping things in the middle of the road".

The announcement comes almost a month after Trump unceremoniously fired James Comey, who had been leading the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election. "It appears, obviously, that the president is trying to change the topic because we've got two days of hearings here that could be explosive", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, Warner told MSNBC. Trump had entertained current and former politicians for the role, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman, took themselves out of the running. He was a line prosecutor. In 1993, Wray worked in private practice in Atlanta.

If confirmed, Wray would replace James Comey who Trump fired last month.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

But for hours, the details didn't follow, with the White House breaking from the thorough communications roll out that would typically accompany the announcement of a major personnel pick.

Christie, who is friends with Trump, declined to say whether he had any involvement in the president's decision to consider Wray for the role.

"We need experience and the background to do the job, and most important, we need independence and non-partisanship", Weinberg said. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

"It's a joke", the agent said.

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