Trump names Atlanta attorney as FBI Director nominee

Lawmakers attending a closed-door caucus in the morning said they had no early word of the president's selection.

President Trump just named Christopher Wray as his nominee for FBI Director.

Wray headed the department's criminal division in the Bush administration and oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.

Speaking to the Associated Press today, Christie said, "I have the utmost confidence in Chris".

Wray is a litigation attorney with law firm King & Spalding in Washington and Atlanta. The unit represents companies and individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters.

He represented New Jersey governor Chris Christie during the "Bridge-gate" scandal.

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The law firm that Christie's administration hired to review the scandal said it "returned" the phone after reviewing its contents in response to a government subpoena.

Christie's office disclosed a year ago that Wray had the missing cellphone that was used by the governor and contained about a dozen text messages that Christie exchanged with a former staffer during a legislative hearing related to the bridge in 2013.

President Donald Trump is expressing confidence in his pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The announcement comes a day before the former FBI director James Comey was scheduled to testify about Trump's attempts to get him to end the bureau's investigation into his former national security adviser's contacts with Russian Federation.

Former FBI agent Clint Watts believes Trump's pick of Christopher Wray for FBI director is the "opposite of draining the swamp".

In a signed letter, President Trump informed Comey that he was "hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately", explaining that he reached the conclusion that Comey is "not able to effectively lead the bureau".

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Comey is expected to dispute Trump s claim that the then-FBI chief told him multiple times that he was not under investigation, CNN reported, citing sources familiar with Comey s thinking.

By timing the announcement one day before former director Comey is due to testify, "clearly this is an effort by the president to try to distract attention from our hearings", said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on MSNBC.

In addition, media reports say he pressured several top officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, to intervene in the investigation on Flynn's behalf. At separate points, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman - Trump went with a law enforcement professional for the post.

Wray entered the private sector after his tenure ended in the Department of Justice.

Andrew McCabe, who is the acting director of the FBI, described the Trump-Russia investigation as "highly significant" when he gave evidence on Capitol Hill last month.

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