On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that he is looking at Christopher Wray as possibly the new leader of the FBI. Wray worked under President George W. Bush as a former assistant attorney general and is now working in a private practice.
President Trump thinks very highly of Wray, having called him “a man of impeccable credentials.”
Now, it is up to the United States Senate to approve of the replacement for James Comey, who got fired last month over the course of the investigation into the Russian Probe.
This announcement by President Trump came one day before Comey is supposed to go up in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and testify regarding the potential interference into Trump’s campaign.
Although Wray is a fantastic choice, some naysayers are criticizing that he is not a career law enforcement professional. Comey is among them, saying that Wray might not have the capabilities to run such a large organization like the FBI, which manages 35,000 people. One must take Comey’s opinion with a grain of salt though, as he is still bitter over the loss of his former position.
Wry does have some experience with managing the law as he handles various white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases, according to the King&Spalding, the law firm in which he works.
One former FBI official questioned whether Wray had the management experience to run an agency with more than 35,000 people, given the small size of the division he ran at the Justice Department. (Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alden Bentley and Jeffrey Benkoe)
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow,” Trump said in a statement on Twitter.
The U.S. Senate must approve Trump’s choice to replace former FBI Director James Comey, whom the president fired last month amid the agency’s ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling into the U.S. election.
Trump’s announcement comes the day before Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Moscow’s alleged interference and any potential ties to Trump’s campaign or associates.