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Trump nominates Christopher A. Wray as new FBI director

  • Trump on Wednesday announced on Twitter that he will nominate Christopher A. Wray as the new director of the FBI.
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CBS This Morning that the nomination was an effort to distract from James Comey’s upcoming testimony.
  • Wray is a lawyer who served as assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s criminal division under President George W. Bush.
  • He currently serves as a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, and was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer during the Bridgegatescandal. Read more (6/7/17)

Jeff Sessions proposed resignation after Russia recusal enraged Donald Trump

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions allegedly proposed his possible resignation to Trump in a recent meeting amid an increasingly fraught working relationship, ABC News reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources close to the president.
  • According to the ABC report, Trump remains so angry with Sessions over the latter’s decision to recuse himself from all matters related to ongoing investigations into Trump’s widely rumored ties with Russia that he “lashed out repeatedly at the attorney general in private meetings." 
  • Sources told ABC News the president personally blames Sessions for the expanding scandal, which now counts multiple congressional inquiries, a special counsel and an FBI investigation. Read more (6/6/17)
Trump nominates Christopher Wray as new FBI director

(Christopher Wray, then an assistant attorney general, at a press conference in Washington in 2005.AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
President Donald Trump has chosen a former Department of Justice official, Christopher Wray, as his pick to lead the FBI.

“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 Wednesday morning.

Wray is a former assistant attorney general who oversaw the DOJ’s criminal division under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005.

He is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding, and he was the lawyer for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey during the “Bridgegate” trial.

Wray’s choice was viewed as a safe one for Trump amid a political firestorm over his firing of James Comey in May. Comey, who was overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election, is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Sen. Mark Warner, the leading Democrat on the committee, said Trump’s announcement Wednesday was “an effort to distract from our Senate hearings today & tomorrow.”

If confirmed, Wray will enter the job as Robert Mueller — a former FBI director — leads the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

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