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Trump names Wray as his pick for new FBI director

The US president made the announcement on Twitter.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2017 22:09 IST
Hindustan Times, Washington
Donald Trump,US President,FBI director
Christopher Wray speaks during a press conference in the Justice Department in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

Christopher A Wray, a former federal prosecutor and criminal defence lawyer, is US President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, filling a position that fell vacant after James Comey was dismissed and ending a search marked by high-profile drop-outs.

“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, a day before Comey’s open testimony on Capitol Hill.

The announcement also came a day after reports surfaced of fresh turmoil at the justice department, which oversees the FBI. Attorney general Jeff Sessions is understood to have offered to resign last month, days before Trump undertook his first foreign visit as president.

Though Trump didn’t accept it, he delivered the department a public rebuke in a tweet, saying his travel ban should not have been watered down. The White House has ducked questions about Trump’s confidence in Sessions.

Wray, who went to Yale, started as an assistant US attorney in Atlanta and went on to join the justice department’s leadership team as a senior aide to deputy attorney general and then led the criminal division from 2003 to 2005.

A criminal defence lawyer based in Washington DC, Wray’s recent celebrity stemmed largely from spearheading the defence of New Jersey governor Chris Christie against allegations that his administration engineered a traffic jam to spite a political rival.

His nomination, which will have to be confirmed by the Senate, will end a high-profile search conducted in the full glare of TV lights and was marked by many of top names taking themselves off the table on their own, shrinking the field.

John Cornyn, a senior Republican senator from Texas who is also the co-founder and co-chair of the India Caucus, was an early favourite but recused himself, as did Joe Lieberman, a former Senator and vice presidential nominee.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 17:36 IST