Trump nominates Christopher Wray as new FBI director

Jun 8, 2017 17:12 IST

Trump on 7 June 2017 nominated lawyer and former Justice Department official Christopher Wray as the new Director of FBI.

Wray would be replacing James Comey, whom Trump dismissed on 9 May 2017 amidst the agency's ongoing probe into the alleged Russian involvement in the US Presidential elections.  Wray’s nomination would require confirmation from the US Senate.

 Trump nominates new FBI director

About Christopher Wray

• He was raised in New York and attended Phillips Academy, the same New England boarding school that boasts of famous alumni including former presidents George Bush and George HW Bush.

• He graduated from Yale University in 1989 and from Yale Law School in 1992.

• Mr. Wray currently works for King & Spalding's Washington and Atlanta offices where he handles various white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases.

• He previously served as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division from 2003 to 2005, working on corporate fraud scandals and cases involving U.S. financial markets.

• He oversaw the inquiry into the scandal-ridden collapse of Enron, which is termed by the FBI as the ‘largest and most complex white-collar investigation’ in the bureau’s history.

• The case led to the convictions of several executives at the energy giant.

• Wray is known to always put justice before politics.

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Wray’ s nomination by Trump comes just a day before Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia’s alleged interference and any potential ties to Trump's presidential campaign or associates.

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