While Democrats and the media wait with baited breath to hear potentially newsworthy Senate testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump made a newsworthy move of his own Wednesday by naming his nominee to replace Comey at the Bureau, The Washington Post reported.
Trump announced via Twitter that he has nominated Christopher A. Wray as the head of the FBI.
An Atlanta-based attorney who has worked as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, Wray also served for a few years in the Department of Justice during former President George W. Bush’s administration as head of the Criminal Division.
“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 early Wednesday morning.
Trump is certainly correct about Wray’s “impeccable credentials.” Wray is a graduate of Yale Law School, and clerked for a justice on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, he was nominated by former President Bush as assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division, where he served until 2005.
During his 2003 to 2005 tenure at the Justice Department, Wray oversaw efforts to take on corporate fraud and clean up the U.S. financial markets, including a task force focused on the scandalous financial debacle that arose from the massive bankruptcy of the Enron Corporation.
His work heading the Criminal Division also included going after drug traffickers, intellectual property thieves and distributors of child pornography, as well as corporate fraud and other white collar crimes.
Wray also coordinated the investigation of the snipers who terrorized the D.C.-area capitol shortly after 9/11 and brought indictments that broke up several suspected terror cells operating within the U.S.
Wray appears to be an excellent choice by Trump to head up the FBI, as he is well-versed in rooting out and exposing crimes of corporate executives and politicians, which is just the kind of swamp-draining Washington needs.