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Trump's Pick for FBI Chief Once Recommended Yates to DOJ

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 04:25 PM

President Donald Trump's choice to head the FBI, Christopher Wray, previously recommended former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to the position from which Trump fired her.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he had selected Wray to lead the bureau.

In 2015, Wray co-signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying she "has done an outstanding job of earning the respect and support of both the political and business communities, and she has consistently kept front of mind the fact that her first commitment is to the people she serves."

The letter, sent by members of the law firm King & Spalding LLP where Yates began her legal career, concluded by saying, "All of us strongly believe Sally possesses the necessary qualities to make her an effective leader of the Justice Department, and we are honored to support her nomination to be the next deputy attorney general."

Yates was dismissed from her position at the Justice Department in January for refusing to comply with Trump's executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries.

"The acting Attorney General Sally Yates has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer at the time, according to CNBC.

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