President Donald Trump fired the former FBI Director James Comey one month ago, and on Wednesday he announced his nomination for the new director. Trump announced that he has nominated the former Assistant Attorney General and lawyer, General Christopher Wray, to replace James Comey. Wray will take over from Andrew McCabe, who has been serving as the Acting Director of the FBI.
Since the firing on May 9, the Trump administration has been considering numerous people to take over the role. Once consideration was Joe Lieberman, a Democratic senator. Trump made the announcement official on the morning of June 7, in a Tweet where he said:
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.”
The announcement was made some hours before the testimony of four intelligence officials was expected to take place on Capitol Hill. The testimonies are related to the Russia probe. Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to give testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow.
Wray, aged 50, has been in the running for the position for some time. Between 2003 and 2005 he served as the Assistant Attorney General, and he has a long history as a successful lawyer. On his law firm’s website, his biography explains that he is currently the chairman of the King and Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group. This group represents the interests of special committees, audits, and companies, as well as individuals. The cases they take include parallel civil litigation, internal corporate investigation matters, and white-collar crime.
The soon-to-be FBI Director has previously represented Republican Governor Chris Christie for New Jersey, a bombastic politician who previously ran for president. He became the first Republican candidate to drop out and support candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. Christie had kept Wray on retainer during the Bridgegate scandal, which saw an investigation take place exploring the closure of lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013. It was claimed that these lanes were closed as a way to seek revenge against another New Jersey politician.
James Comey Set to Testify in Russia Probe
Comey’s opening remarks before his Thursday testimony were published on Wednesday. In his official statement, the former FBI director recounted a dinner he had with the president on January 27th, when he claims Trump told him that he expects loyalty. Comey explained that during the silence that came after the statement, he didn’t speak, move, or even change his facial expression. He said that both he and the president simply looked at each other silently.
The former director also said that as the conversation continued during dinner, Trump went back to the original topic about expecting loyalty. Comey says that he moved the direction of the conversation to the important independence that the Department of Justice maintains. In his prepared statement, Comey said that throughout the history of the presidency there have been instances of presidents attempting to blur the boundaries, which has resulted in the undermining of the trust between the people and the institutions.
However, there remains no evidence that Trump has had any connections with Russia. Despite ongoing investigations and hype from the press, there remains no evidence that President Trump had any communication with Russia during the campaign, any business dealings in the country, or connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian President even mocked the United States recently for their obsession over the story during an interview with former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.