Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead FBI

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will nominate Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's personal attorney, to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director, choosing an experienced lawyer with a deep law enforcement background over politicians who had been floated as possible candidates.

The defense has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women's basketball team, especially around tournament time.

The selection of Wray comes a day before Comey's highly anticipated hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russia's alleged interference in last year's presidential election.

If confirmed, Wray will succeed James B. Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired last month amid the Russian Federation investigation. Trump said he knows Wray will "again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity" if confirmed by the Senate.

Wray headed the Justice Department's criminal division from 2003 to 2005 under Bush. He is also expected to refute Trump's previous assertions that Comey assured him three times that the president was not a subject of the FBI's wide-ranging investigation, according to a person familiar with his actions.

She said Wray "may be fine" but added that she still needs to vet him.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says Christopher Wray "is a serious and experienced attorney" - and Coons notes Wray's experience at the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

After a search that focused on political figures - including former U.S. Sen.

He now works at King & Spalding as a litigation partner, specializing in the defense of individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal cases - and even represented New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie during the "Bridgegate" investigation into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

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Wray's nomination will be considered by the Senate judiciary committee.

In an early morning two-sentence tweet, Trump said he meant to nominate Wray, a high-ranking official in George W. Bush's Justice Department.

Many lawmakers have said Trump should pick a career law enforcement professional. Trump at one point was considering former elected officials for the job, which has typically been filled by former federal prosecutors or FBI officials.

After intervening in a late-night White House effort to persuade a seriously ill Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize a secret warrantless surveillance program in his hospital room, Comey, who was then deputy attorney general, encountered Wray, who was criminal chief, in a Justice Department corridor.

Wray left the Justice Department in 2005 and returned to the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding, where he's now a litigation partner.

Senate Democrats signaled their opposition to Lieberman, and he sent a letter to Trump withdrawing from consideration on May 25, citing the possible appearance of a conflict of interest since he works at the same law firm as Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. Conaway he wasn't given a heads up and told reporters: "you all surprised me on the way in".

In terms of qualifications, Wray is pretty much bullet-proof. He received a law degree from Yale in 1992.

"As the key stakeholder in this process, it is critically important that the FBIAA understands his views on the FBI, Special Agents, and the criminal and national security threats that Agents combat daily", O'Connor said in his statement.

Trump said May 18, before leaving on his first foreign trip as president, that Lieberman was one of his top choices to lead the bureau.

Rosenstein was only empowered to make that decision because Sessions in March recused himself from involvement in that investigation due to his role as a top Trump campaign adviser and prominent surrogate.

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