Sessions applauds Trump’s pick to lead FBI

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President Trump’s selection of former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray to head up the FBI received wholehearted approval from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said in a statement, “I congratulate President Trump for choosing a leader of proven skill, independence, and integrity, a man in whom all Americans can have confidence.”

Sessions also stated that the criminal attorney has achieved “outstanding accomplishments and (a) proven record of public service.”

Under former President George Bush, Wray served as an assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005 in the Department of Justice’s criminal division. He now works at the law firm of Kim & Spalding, heading up their “special matters and government investigations unit” and is best known for having represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the investigation of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, known as “bridgegate.”

According to his bio on the firm’s website, Wray has “served on the president’s Corporate Fraud Task Force and oversaw the Enron Task Force and other major fraud investigations, both around the country and internationally.” It also notes that he “has substantial federal appellate experience, including successful oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit sitting en banc and before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Just ahead of the President’s announcement, Christie gave Wray his own stamp of approval, telling reporters, “I have the utmost confidence in Chris, he’s an outstanding lawyer.”

Once he’s confirmed, Wray will replace former FBI Director James Comey. His nomination by the President comes as Comey prepares to testify before the Senate on Thursday the Russian meddling investigation.

NPR reported that Sessions said he “understands and is committed to the rule of law and is dedicated to protecting Americans from crime, gangs, and terrorists.”

Wray graduated from Yale University in 1989 and then attended law school there, serving as an executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his law degree in 1992.

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