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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”