President Donald Trump has announced his pick to head the FBI: former Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General Christopher Wray, who was lead investigator for the Enron debacle and who also was Chris Christie's attorney in the Bridge-gate scandal.
Trump made the announcement via Twitter.
The Wednesday morning tweet repsresents a relatively “safe” bet for confirmation for the president.
Wray, 50, was one of the last of several prospective candidates interviewed by Trump to succeed fired FBI Director James Comey. Had Trump chosen someone with a higher profile — say, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. — the nomination would have almost certainly sparked a confirmation battle with Senate Democrats.
By choosing Wray, who also served as assistant U.S. attorney in north Georgia and head of the Justice Department’s criminal division from 2003-05, Trump follows in the path of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama when they chose FBI directors.
In 2001, Bush tapped low-key Justice Department veteran Robert Mueller to head the FBI rather than the more controversial Dan Webb. Once a crusading U.S. attorney in Illinois, Webb had also represented such controversial clients in private practice as tobacco giant Philip Morris.
Mueller, ironically, had a background nearly identical to that of Wray — he served as a former head of Justice’s Criminal Division and was deputy attorney general.
Obama had been expected to name his terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco to become the first woman FBI director after Mueller retired in 2013. He instead named Comey, a former deputy attorney general under Republican Bush.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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