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Christopher Wray, FBI Director: 7 Things to Know About Trump's Pick

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In this Jan. 12, 2005 file photo, Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray speaks at a press conference at the Justice Dept. in Washington. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 09:19 AM

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will nominate Christopher Wray as the new FBI director.

The former assistant attorney general will take the place of  former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

Here are seven things to know about Wray.

1. Private practice — Wray is in private practice as a partner with the law firm King & Spalding, where he has been working in litigation for the past 12 years, according to National Public Radio. He chairs King & Spalding's Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which focuses on white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, according to his bio on the firm's website.

2. Bridge-gate — He served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the Bridge-gate trial, Business Insider reported. That scandal involved the closure of lanes at George Washington Bridge after a Democratic mayor didn't endorse Christie.

3. U.S. Department of Justice — Wray served as assistant attorney general overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005, according to The New York Times.

4. 9/11 — Wray, who first joined DOJ leadership in May 2001 as associate deputy attorney general, helped orchestrate the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

5. Leadership ties — While working at the Justice Department, Wray served under Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft and Comey, who was deputy attorney general at the time, NPR said.

6. Enron — At the Justice Department, Wray served on the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and oversaw fraud investigations, including Enron.

7. Georgia — Wray was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1997 to 2001.

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