FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray Removed a Reference to a Case Involving Russia From His Bio
A new report indicates that Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump‘s pick to replace James Comey as FBI Director, altered an online bio to remove a reference to a case he once participated in which pitted him against the Russian government.
According to CNN, Wray’s bio page for the law firm King and Spalding in 2016 included a reference to a case in which Wray defended “an energy company president in a criminal investigation by Russian authorities.” But in 2017, that reference was pulled.
A spokesperson for the firm told CNN that the reference was pulled at Wray’s request on January 12, 2017. The spokesperson, Micheline Tang, said Wray made that change and others “in an attempt to make the material more current.”
Tang gave CNN some details about the case without naming the client, which she said confidentiality rules forbade her from giving.
“The executive is an American citizen and lives in the United States,” Tang said. “During the course of the dispute, the Russian government sought to exert leverage against this executive and the company by initiating a criminal investigation in Russia against him. Chris and the firm were engaged to handle the U.S. legal issues that arose from the situation.”
Trump tapped Wray to head the Bureau on June 7. He will still need to be confirmed by the Senate, which will undoubtedly want some answers on this case.
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