Trump nominates Christopher Wray as new FBI director
US President Donald Trump has nominated lawyer and former Justice Department official Christopher Wray as the new FBI Director.
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.
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.
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.