One of the great parlor games in Washington was trying to guess who Trump would name to replace Jim Comey as FBI Director.

Multiple names were floated and then shot down.

But when Trump finally settled on a name, he took Washington by surprise.

Trump announced on Twitter that he would name Christopher Wray as his nominee to head the FBI.

Wray served in the Justice Department during the Bush administration and defended New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the “Bridgegate” scandal – where his aides closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge as payback for the Mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing his re-election campaign.

Breitbart reports:

“Wray served as the Associate Deputy Attorney General in former President George W. Bush’s administration and was promoted to the assistant attorney general for the criminal division, before he left to work in the private sector as a partner at the Washington law firm King & Spalding.

During his time in government, he oversaw the highly publicized Enron case and oversaw the legal aspects of the war on terror after 9/11, according to King & Spalding’s website.

He also served as Governor Chris Christie’s personal attorney during the bridgegate scandal.

Last week, Christie praised Wray as an “outstanding lawyer,” after it was revealed that he was under consideration.

“He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director,” Christie said.”

Wray earned bi-partisan praise.

Breitbart reported that Obama’s former ethics czar also praised the selection:

“Trump’s choice earned praise from Norm Eisen, a Brookings Institute fellow and former ethics czar for former president Obama.

“Good choice. Oversaw Enron case, which I also spent years of my life on,” Eisen wrote on Twitter. “He was very fair. I endorse.”

Wray has a difficult job.

He needs to restore the reputation of the FBI which was tarnished by former Director Comey’s political grandstanding.

Comey assumed the power of prosecutors and decided Hillary Clinton didn’t commit any crimes, despite readily available evidence that she broke the law by transmitting classified information on a private email server.

Comey has further disgraced himself after his firing by waging a public relations campaign through anonymous leaks to damage the Trump administration.

But given Wray’s background, Trump could not have made a better selection to rebuild the credibility of the FBI.

We will keep you up to date on this developing story.

 

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