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"Without prejudging what will surely be a probing confirmation process, I think Wray is qualified to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". A graduate of Yale Law School and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, he has extensive experience in both government and the private sector.

He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of Criminal Division of the Justice Department from 2003 to 2005. He has defended Fortune 100 clients in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and financial services industries against government probes into alleged fraud and misconduct, according to his law firm biography. "I've worked with Chris for a number of years and always had complete confidence in him".

The timing suggests the White House is interested in trying to turn the page on Comey's era at the FBI before the former director testifies to a Senate committee on whether Trump pressured him to ease off his investigation of Russian meddling in last year's election and whether anyone on his campaign colluded in that effort.

Republicans largely praised Trump's choice. Sen.

"The president asked us to look for an FBI Director who has integrity, who understands and is committed to the rule of law, and who is dedicated to protecting the American people from crime, gangs, and terrorists", Sessions said in a statement.

Thomas O'Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, says in a statement that the group's leadership hopes to meet with Wray very soon.

Wray is a traditional choice for the job. "Details to follow", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Ken Wainstein, former chief of the Justice Department's National Security Division, described Wray as "an exceptionally strong choice".

House Speaker Paul Ryan also appeared caught off-guard by Wray's nomination.

House Republicans say President Donald Trump's pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation seems like a good choice.

Wray, who was Chris Christie's personal lawyer during Bridgegate, is now a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, where he chairs the special matters and government investigations practice group.* According to his bio, he "represents companies, audit and special committees, and individuals in a variety of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters". Conaway he wasn't given a heads up and told reporters: "you all surprised me on the way in". Ryan said he favored a "career person" and that Wray "certainly seems to fit that bill".

Rep. Pete King of NY said, "I assume it's a good choice".

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning in a tweet that he will nominate Christopher Wray to be his new F.B.I. director.

The announcement comes ahead of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the circumstances that he was sacked by Trump amid the ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling into the United States election last November.

Almost two hours after Trump tweeted "details to follow" about Wray, the Justice Department circulated a one-page primer on Wray's prior government service, work in private practice and education to Republican surrogates, according to a source with knowledge of the document.

Rosenstein was only empowered to make that decision because Sessions in March recused himself from involvement in that investigation due to his role as a top Trump campaign adviser and prominent surrogate. While two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close lanes of the bridge as punishment to a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse the Republican governor, Christie was never charged and denied any wrongdoing.

Wray's selection also highlights an ironic supporting role the then-young Justice Department official played in a 2004 incident that vaulted Comey to national prominence.

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