Christopher Wray is new FBI director: Former criminal lawyer who disagreed with Donald Trump multiple times
After firing former FBI director James Comey to conduct a criminal investigation into Russia’s participation in the 2016 United States presidential election, President Donald Trump named Christopher Wray, the high criminal lawyer, for the vacancy.
Unlike some of his other recent nominations as Anthony Scaramucci or Sarah Sanders, who insisted on his line of thought, Wray has publicly disagreed with Trump’s beliefs.
Wray said he would resign rather than yield to political interference.
Similar to what Comey believes, Wray told the Senate Justice Commission that the right way to do this work with strict independence.
“You can not do a job like this without being ready to quit or be fired as soon as you are asked to do something or to deal with what is illegal, unconstitutional or even morally disgusting,” he said.
The United States Senate on Tuesday confirmed Wray on the new director of the FBI. The best Democrat on the panel, California Senator Dianne Feinstein said Wray “has the strength and the strength to stand up and do what is right when tested.”
After being named by Trump, who was investigated by Comey, the biggest challenge will be to convince Wray government officials – especially FBI employees – that he will be an independent leader, not someone who leans before Trump.
Dara Lind Vox explained that FBI agents enjoy their independence, believe they are attacked by the White House and have reason not to believe that the Trump administration (Trump and his family) does everything possible to aid the investigation. You might consider Wray as a stranger.
Wray is a former head of the Department of Justice, who headed the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice under George W. Bush 2003-2005.
This means that he has worked closely with the FBI, but has no experience in this area. Wray also aided the investigation of the Ministry of Justice in connection with the September 11 attacks and the war on terrorism.
However, never having served in electoral politics makes it more consistent with former FBI bosses.
A former federal prosecutor in Northern Virginia Neil MacBride, Wray calls a “great choice” for the FBI’s work and said it brought “a deep execution and prosecution context, a great judgment [and] temperament,” according to the politician.
The Hindu quoted legal experts as saying that Wray may have to withdraw from some surveys as he is likely to face a conflict of interest to the agency because of his advocacy work for many large companies.
Born in a New York lawyers family. Wray, 50, graduated from Yale Law School. In 2005 he resigned the Department of Justice to join private practice as a partner of King & Spalding law firm in Washington and Atlanta.