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In June, Trump nominated Wray for the post, writing in a tweet, “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI."
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
Wray interviewed with Trump at the White House May 30 and appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on July 12.
Here is more to know about Wray:
Name: Christopher A. Wray
Education: Wray graduated from Yale University in 1989 and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992
After graduation and working as a law clerk in Virginia for federal appeals court Judge J. Michael Luttig, Wray started working in private practice in Atlanta in 1993.
After a few years in private practice, Wray joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia as assistant U.S. attorney in 1997.
Wray came to the Department of Justice in 2001, first serving as associate deputy attorney general and rising to principal associate deputy attorney general in the same year.
In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray as assistant attorney general leading the DOJ’s criminal division. Wray served in that position for two years, joining Bush’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and overseeing the Enron Task Force.
What he does now:
Wray left the DOJ in 2005 and returned to private practice.
He’s now a litigation partner with the Atlanta-based King & Spalding law firm, specializing in white collar and internal investigations.
Second-degree connection to Trump:
Wray was one of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal attorneys during the “Bridgegate” scandal, concerning the 2013 closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey.
Two former Christie aides were found guilty in the “Bridgegate” trial in November and were sentenced to prison.
Wray was with Christie when he was questioned by federal prosecutors and FBI agents at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, in December 2014.
Christie, who was never charged, was ultimately cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the scandal.