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Donald Trump didn't tell his team about Chris Wray's nomination
by Nathan'ette Burdine: June 8, 2017

FOX News’ Shepard Smith reported that Donald Trump did not inform his top aides, communication team, or Republicans in Congress that he had nominated Christopher Wray as the new FBI Director.

According to Smith, folks in Trump’s administration and congress learned about Wray’s nomination the same time as everyone else did.

Trump announced on Twitter that he had chosen Wray to be the next FBI Director.

Trump tweeted, “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI.”

During a press conference, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters that Trump had not spoken to him about his nomination but that he thinks Wray “fits the bill” to serve as the FBI director.

Wray’s nomination came a day before former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey is expected to provide details about his conversations with Donald Trump concerning the investigation into his campaign allegedly working with Russia in order to swing the 2016 presidential election Trump’s way.

Donald Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign members have denied any wrong doing.

In May, Trump fired Comey. Trump’s team had initially said the firing was due to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s memo, but Trump soon came out and said that he made the decision on his own to fire Comey.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak that James Comey “was crazy, a real nut job” and that he doesn’t have to worry about the Russian investigation now that Comey is no longer the FBI director.

In his statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed that he became concerned about Trump wanting him to discontinue his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s work with Russia.

Comey’s version of events is supported by reports that Donald Trump approached Department of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and asked him if he could persuade James Comey to discontinue the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn; who has turned over 600 pages of documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Congress has launched several investigations into Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s systems.

Also, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation. Like Comey, Wray is not a politician.

He, along with Comey, worked in the Department of Justice during George W. Bush’s tenure.

Wray was the Assistant Attorney General over the criminal division. After leaving the DOJ, Wray began working with the internationally known King and Spalding Law Firm.

During his time at King and Spalding, Wray chaired the Special Matters and Government Investigating Practice which focused on white-collar crime.

His most recent high profile client was Chris Christie. Wray represented Christie during the Bridgegate Scandal.

Asbury Park Press quoted Christie as saying about Wray, “When I had to retain legal counsel during a very, very troubling, confusing, difficult time for me. I made one phone call, and that was to Chris Wray.”

Wray received his undergraduate and his law degree from Yale University.

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