Christopher Wray named as the next FBI Director

President Donald Trump has tapped former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director. Christopher Wray has prosecuted and defended white-collar criminals and is best known for representing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate investigation.

Wray, must now be confirmed by the Senate. Wray along with his predecessor Comey both served in the Department of Justice under the George W. Bush administration. Wray also worked on the Enron fraud case in the early 200s. Trump’s announcement comes a day before James Comey will testify before a Senate committee.

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Comey’s lawyer has released his opening statement and in it said Trump told him that “I expect loyalty,” and alleges that during a Feb. 14 meeting, President Trump asked him to back off from an investigation into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s ties with Russia.

Trump has called Wray “an impeccably qualified individual who will serve as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity.”

The White House has not fully explained why President Trump fired Comey while he was investigating into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians to help him during the 2016 presidential election.

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Former deputy under Wray spoke to NBC News, praising Wray and him becoming the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Chris is a Republican and he served in a Republican administration,” John Malcolm, a deputy under Wray in 2003 and 2004, “But he’s quite aware that the FBI serves all Americans — not just Republicans or Democrats. He has a stiff backbone and I have no doubt that he will stand up for what’s right.”

Past Senate leaders have scrutinized Wray over decisions he previously made. In 2003, Christopher Wray testified during an investigation into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The Plame case left a mark on the Bush White House and even ensnared White House officials including Scooter Libbey.

The Federal Election Commission confirmed that Wray has not donated to President Trump but does financially support Republicans.