President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will nominate Christopher Wray to lead the FBI.
"I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow," Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
Wray served as New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the investigation of the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and also served as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush.
He is currently a litigation partner at King and Spaulding, an international law firm that represents major corporations and executives facing white-collar charges.
CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues noted that Wray was not on the original list, nor is he well-known at a national level.
"In a way this comes out of the blue," Pegues said. "He is not well-known in national circles, but he is someone well-known in Republican circles. ... He is someone whose name in a way comes out of the blue because his name was not on the original list."
Trump's pick comes a day before former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about whether Trump pressured Comey to drop the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.