President Trump tweeted this morning that he is nominating Christopher A. Wray to be the new FBI director, just one day before former FBI Director James Comey will testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee about President Trump and an FBI investigation that concerns Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election, including communications between the president and Comey over an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
Since 2005 Christopher Wray has worked as a lawyer in the lawfirm King & Spalding. He was previously an assistant attorney general who led the Justice Department’s criminal division from 2003-2005 under the Bush administration.
Wray has also served as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.
Concerns of obstruction of justice by President Trump have grown louder in recent weeks after a report surfaced in May about President Trump meeting in February with FBI Director James Comey from the Oval Office where he reportedly urged him to end an FBI investigation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn who was terminated from his position for not fully disclosing about his past contacts with a Russian official.
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