US President Donald Trump has hinted out that he has chosen Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official during President George W. Bush’s administration, to head the FBI.
The president chose Twitter to name his pick for the head of FBI.
The announcement comes one day before ousted FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Among Wray’s credentials is a stint as the assistant attorney general leading the Justice Department’s criminal division, from 2003 to 2005. In that post, he worked under attorneys general John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales — as well as under Comey, who was then the deputy attorney general.
Early in his career, Wray spent nearly a decade at the Justice Department, focusing on corporate fraud in addition to trade sanctions, money laundering and other areas of the law.
Wray graduated from Yale University in 1989 and also attended law school there, serving as an executive editor of the Yale Law Journal and earning his law degree in 1992.
The timing of Wray’s appointment could also be aimed at blunting the impact of Comey’s testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday. Comey is expected to refute Trump’s claim that he told the President directly he was not under investigation and is also set to describe interactions with Trump that made him uneasy.