The Rushmore Report: Six Things You Should Know about the New FBI Director


Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official now working as a private attorney, is President Trump’s pick to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey. Wray was interviewed by Trump on May 30. In his tweet announcing his decision, the president said, “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.”

There are five things you need to know about Christopher Wray.

1. Wray worked in the Justice Department with James Comey, but threatened to quit.

In 1997, Wray began his career in government with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia. He was tapped for the position in the Justice Department by President George W. Bush in 2003. In 2004, during James Comey’s showdown with the White House over the plan to renew the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, Wray threatened to quit if Comey did. Wray soon resigned.

2. Wray has been a private attorney since 2004.

After he left the Justice Department in 2004, Mr. Wray joined the King & Spalding Law Firm as a litigation partner. There, the 50-year-old has been described as one of the nation’s top litigators.

3. He was Chris Christie’s personal attorney.

During the Bridgegate investigation, Wray represented the New Jersey Governor. Successfully defending Christie, Wray has also represented several Fortune 500 companies as well.

4. Wray graduated from Yale Law School.

Mr. Wray graduated from Yale University in 1989 and went on to Yale Law School, receiving his law degree in 1992. While there, he served as the executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.

5. He was one of many to interview for the FBI position.

Others considered for the job included Joe Lieberman, John Pistole, Trey Gowdy, and John Cornyn. Pistole and Wray were seen as the finalists for the position.

6. If confirmed, Wray will serve up to ten years.

Here’s how the process works: the president nominates the FBI Director, but he must be confirmed by the United States Senate. It is up to the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as to when these hearings will take place. Upon confirmation, the Director serves one ten-year term, unless removed at the discretion of the president at any point during those ten years. For example, President Trump removed James Comey after just four years into his ten-year term.


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