President Trump‘s FBI nomination for FBI Director Chris Wray will testify before the Senate in a confirmation hearing at 10 a.m. Wed. July 12.
Following Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, he turned around and nominated Wray less than a month later.
Trump and Comey have been a hot topic since he fired him on May 9, saying he was a “showboat” and a “grandstander” who threw the FBI into “turmoil,” in an interview.
Wray came onto the scene when Trump interviewed him on May 30, and by June 7 he nominated him as his new pick for FBI Director, saying he was a “man of impeccable credentials” when he announced it on Twitter.
Wray attended Yale University and Yale Law School before he became an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1997. From there he went on to be associate deputy attorney general and principal associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department.
He got his first presidential recognition in 2003 when President George W. Bush nominated Wray for assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, a job he held from 2003 to 2005. During that time he worked under Comey.
After his time in government he became a litigation partner in the firm King & Spalding in 2005, where he stayed until Trump’s nomination last month.
“I am proud to announce Christopher as my choice as the Director of the FBI. During his previous service at the Department of Justice, Christopher was the leader of major fraud investigations, and was a key part of the team overseeing the Justice Department’s actions in the war on terrorism following the 9/11 attacks,” Trump said when he announced his nomination. “He is an impeccably qualified individual, and I know that he will again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity once the Senate confirms him to lead the FBI.”
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