Trump Nominates Christopher Wray As New FBI Director

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The wait is finally over, and moments ago - one day ahead of James Comey's much anticipated Congressional testimony - Trump announced that he will nominate King and Spalding litigation partner and former DOJ Assistant AG, Christopher Wray to be the new FBI director.

Here is a quick look at Wray's profile:

He's a litigation partner for King and Spalding in Atlanta and D.C., and he worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta before President George W. Bush nominated him to be an assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's criminal division.

 

He also played a key role in several high-profile cases -- Wray was Chris Christie's lawyer during the "Bridgegate Scandal," has represented a number of Fortune 100 companies, was a major part of the DOJ's response to the 9/11 attacks and oversaw the Enron task force.

 

"He's more concerned about the mission than his own personal career," said Joe Robuck, a former FBI special agent. Robuck worked with the FBI for 30 years and said he collaborated with Wray on a major corruption case. He called him a "patriot."

 

"A lot of people when they're in high profile cases, they're in court and are hard to work with," he said. "Not Chris. He was always calm under pressure." Amy Weil, of the Weil Law Firm, also worked with Wray for part of a few of her 25 years in the U.S. Attorney's office in Atlanta. She echoed Roebuck's sentiments.

 

"Chris is super smart," she said. "He's an excellent lawyer, he's a nice person, people like him. But he knows what he's doing."

 

Roebuck said he spoke with Wray on the phone Wednesday morning about the interview.

 

"It's not within his control," he said. "Somebody else is going to make the selection, but I know that Chris would love the opportunity."

And some more details from his K&S website profile:

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Christopher Wray is a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices. Mr. Wray chairs the King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which represents companies, audit and special committees, and individuals in a variety of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, parallel civil litigation, and internal corporate investigations.  The group has been twice recognized by Law360 as “White-Collar Group of the Year” and described as “the premier firm in this practice area” by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wray served from 2003 to 2005 as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, having been nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate’s unanimous consent for that position. Mr. Wray helped lead the Department’s efforts to address the wave of corporate fraud scandals and restore integrity to U.S. financial markets. He 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.

As the Criminal Division’s head, Mr. Wray led investigations, prosecutions, and policy development in nearly all areas of federal criminal law, including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade sanctions violations, bank secrecy and money laundering offenses, public corruption, intellectual property piracy and cybercrime, and RICO. Mr. Wray was also integral to the DOJ’s response to the 9/11 attacks and played a key role in the oversight of legal and operational actions in the continuing war on terrorism. At the conclusion of his tenure in 2005, Mr. Wray received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department’s highest award for public service and leadership.

Mr. Wray first joined the DOJ’s leadership as Associate Deputy Attorney General in May 2001 and was soon appointed the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in September of the same year, with oversight responsibilities spanning the full Department. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wray served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As a prosecutor in Atlanta, he handled a wide variety of federal jury trials, grand jury investigations and appeals as lead counsel.

Since returning to the firm in late 2005, Mr. Wray has led investigation matters involving U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in over twenty different districts around the country and nearly every litigating division of the Justice Department, typically also involving parallel proceedings by regulatory agencies and parallel class action or qui tam whistleblower litigation. Some of Mr. Wray’s recent representations since rejoining the firm include:

Two different Fortune 100 financial institutions in a number of parallel investigations by the Department of Justice and other agencies, such as the SEC, IRS and OCC, as well as parallel class action litigation.

Several of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies in investigations into off-label promotion issues by the Department of Justice and multiple U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the FDA, HHS-OIG, Congress, and various state Attorneys General, as well as parallel False Claims Act qui tam litigation.

  • A Fortune 100 healthcare company in multiple federal and state regulatory investigations around the country.
  • A special committee of the board of directors of a leading technology company in conducting an independent investigation of stock options issues.
  • A Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits company in parallel investigations by the Department of Justice and SEC into stock options issues.
  • A leading telecommunications company in parallel Department of Justice, SEC, IRS, and Department of Labor investigations into stock options practices.
  • A leading global financial institution in parallel investigations by the Department of Justice, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), New York Federal Reserve Bank, and various domestic and foreign regulatory agencies.
  • A leading global financial institution in parallel investigations by the Department of Justice, IRS, SEC, New York Federal Reserve Bank, New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), Congress and foreign regulatory agencies.
  • One of the largest global medical device manufacturers in parallel Department of Justice and SEC investigations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
  • A Fortune 100 transportation company in conducting internal investigations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues voluntarily disclosed to the Department of Justice and SEC.
  • Two different Fortune 250 energy companies in conducting internal investigations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
  • A leading defense contractor in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act.
  • The audit committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 250 technology company in conducting an independent investigation of revenue recognition and corporate governance issues.
  • The Governor of New Jersey in connection with investigations relating to the George Washington Bridge toll lane closings.
  • Court-appointment as a Special Master to help the court resolve a discovery dispute between the Department of Justice and a major healthcare company in False Claims Act litigation.
  • Appointment by the World Bank as the compliance consultant under a settlement with a leading global technology company.

Mr. Wray 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.

Mr. Wray is also a member of the Lead Director Network, a select group of lead outside directors from many of America’s top companies, focused on improving corporate performance and earning shareholder trust through more effective board leadership.

He served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1992 to 1993.

Mr. Wray graduated, cum laude, from Yale University in 1989 and received his law degree in 1992 from Yale Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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Winston Churchill's picture

Another lawyer ?

WTF

Looney's picture

 

Start with indicting Crooked Hillary!  ;-)

Looney

Killtruck's picture

Find that laptop and publish all of the emails. 

Then hang her from the nearest streetlamp.  

*previous comment would have been edited, but apparently 4 seconds is the maximum allowable editing time this morning. 

DeadFred's picture

You snooze you lose. Anyway this strikes me as good news. Maybe, just maybe, he'll turn out to not be a deep state plant.

Hah! got in under the 4 second limit. Pretty spry for a dead guy.

wildbad's picture

hmmm..looks like a corporate swinging door enabler and fixer.

clinton indictment within two weeks or thumbs down

Schlump's picture

He'll look the other way, he's my guy. I'm going to have a private meeting, make sure he knows what I want.

He'll pledge his loyalty to me. MAGA

nmewn's picture

"You mean like with a cloth or something? "

Yeah,  that's exactly what we mean you fucking old crone. 

El Oregonian's picture

MY CHINESE CONTACT SAID "NO WRAY!" AFTER HEARING THIS NEWS.

jeff montanye's picture

i believe a second litmus test has been added: who killed seth rich?

FrozenGoodz's picture

In Trump World ... credentials = not saying anything bad about Trump

Mr. Universe's picture

He looks way too much like that weasel Paul Ryan.

Jack McGriff's picture

"After the election, I will have more flexibility"

Nah, nothing to see here 

gilhgvc's picture

Better than pledging loyalty to the brown clown amd Satan's handmaiden, pretty weak trolling, you need better training

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

You really ought to read the article...before cheerleading.

 

It is not going to happen. Love your sentiments, but...reality bites.

 

He...was a major part of the DOJ's response to the 9/11 attacks and oversaw the Enron task force.

jeff montanye's picture

well enron wasn't near as corrupt as 9-11: cutting andy fastow loose to swing in the wind for theft is a whole lot easier than essentially busting the mossad, the likud and the u.s. president, vice president and secretary of state for treason and mass murder.

bringing these guys like wray and mueller back to their old stomping grounds but in a rather different environment always gives them a chance to recant and repent.  it is a small chance but who knows, maybe mueller's doctor's told him "robert, a year, maybe two.  if there's anything you want to make up for, i suggest you get started."

at the very least we get to tease them about the ultra pathetic investigation of 9-11 that found an "arab hijacker" passport at the wtc and a head scarf in pennsylvania but not a zionist in the entire mix.  nor a black box that could be read nor a decent photo at the pentagon, the most surveilled spot in the world (or one of them).

Bes's picture

Wray is going to be nice and cozy with wall street during the next crash and bail-ins.

Sessions is going to ramp up the war on drugs.

Trump is the law and order president.

I haven't heard a peep from Orange Jesus about reigning in police state powers.

and you all are willing to look the other way and actually believe he is going after Hillary.   He ain't.   He already told you so.   You are in a fantasy and in the past.  meanwhile he is 100% in supporting a militarized and immune police force. 

wait until you here a blue lackey tell you to put your mouth on the fucking curb.

yup this is winning.   dumbfucks.

#maga

 

jeff montanye's picture

yes that's the cost, perhaps.  and trump would be willing to let hillary slide.  but she and the deep state don't seem to be at all satisfied with that, not to say the evidence available so far makes that seem impossible from the electorate's point of view (like those people count for anything).  

just as obama's adoption of bush's war, civil rights and banking policies allowed the republicans to hate these truly despicable policies, so too trump's adoption of obama's police state powers,  his too big to jail stance, and, as may be seen (or possibly not), his overseas bloody bluster will encourage democrats to reject these actions (as they have in former decades).

it's not like hillary would have been better.  she's plenty indictable now and after a thorough battle over the malfeasances of the last election, who knows what we will find out.

even in professional wrestling sometimes they really get hurt.

Bay of Pigs's picture

This guy is just another swamp creature.

Tyrannical lawlessness.

Oh regional Indian's picture

To expect any less would be to be foolish. There is enough and more proof on the table already that things are not only not going to change under this OJ, they are and will keep getting decidedly worse....

Enron, 9-11.... what a resume..... perfect for the deep state for these times....

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

Trump...Trump...Trump.

 

Rah...Rah...Rah

 

On another note...How is Hawaii?

gilhgvc's picture

take your anti-cop sentiments with you and do a few midnight ride alongs. people who hate the cops fall into two categories...idiots who have been caught doing CRIMES by the police and paid trollers who have never persoanlly even met a cop. I trust you will NEVER call a cop for help...EVER...since they are all so evil. I hope you need a cop someday.....and they choose to ignore you. Really sick of you dumbasses who bash police and NEVER address the idiots like you that they deal with everyday

Tall Tom's picture

My Uncle was a San Diego Sheriff's Deputy.

 

Before that stint he was a Phoenix Police Officer.

And after his stint with the Phoenx PD then he was an Arizona State Highway Patrol...Dept. of Public Safety Patrol Officer.

 

I knew him...extremely well...as he helped RAISE ME.

 

Now who do you think taught me about the Police?

 

Then my former next door neighbor was a Chula Vista Patrol Cop.

 

He was cool. When people tore down the residential street on which we lived at 40+ mph I had fun with his Radar Gun.

 

It was fun watching them slow down...fast.

 

Hell. He even helped me out defending myself from an unjust ticket. Good man. Good cop...to me.

 

He used to throw these Cop Parties. After throwing one of them he then took me aside and told me that I scare the hell out of them.

 

"What?" I asked, "How in the hell do I scare the hell out of them?"

 

He replied, "You are too smart for them and they know it." I replied, "Smart people have no meed to harm them." as they do not have any reason for that. "Are they crazy?" Yes I had been stopped in traffuc and knew how to behave...thanks to my Uncle.

 

I have been told by trained professionals that I have a "Cop Mentality". And I do. I do have a Cop Mentality. I believe in Justice and in Fairness.

 

The people with the "Cop Mentality" SERVE in four distinct areas.

 

We become Schoolteachers. (I have done my fair share of that.)

We become "Men of the Cloth", Ministers. (And if you have not read my fiery baptist Preaching here...well...then you have been spared.)

We become Psychologists. (And I go out of my way to do that here...because I care about this crew...a lot. Shhhh...Do not let them know.)

We become Cops. (And yes I loved busting the cheaters at the University. I hate dishonesty.)

 

Yeah. That Cop Mentality description fits...too well as there are downsides.

 

And when I write about dishonest cops and Police Abuses of Authority it is not because i am paid by anyone to do that. It is not because I am a Criminal.

 

I protest it because it is wrong, indecent, and totally immoral, against everything for which I stand.

 

And you are so very wrong to suggest otherwise.

 

poeg's picture

Bet your ass his major is still staving off the comercial property crash that should have already hit street level. I thought that was why he ran in the first place. He's JPM now and all but immune to the  shitstorm to come.

 

Crash Overide's picture

"As the Criminal Division’s head, Mr. Wray led investigations, prosecutions, and policy development in nearly all areas of federal criminal law, including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade sanctions violations, bank secrecy and money laundering offenses, public corruption, intellectual property piracy and cybercrime, and RICO. Mr. Wray was also integral to the DOJ’s response to the 9/11 attacks and played a key role in the oversight of legal and operational actions in the continuing war on terrorism. At the conclusion of his tenure in 2005, Mr. Wray received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department’s highest award for public service and leadership."

 

...and how's all that working out for American?

Because everywhere I look I see RAMPANT FUCKING CRIMINALITY AND TREASON!

At this point I feel like there is no hope for anyone to actually hold the politicians and bankers accountable to the law.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... @Tall Tom

... >>> "He...was a major part of the DOJ's response to the 9/11 attacks ..."

... you mean, Mr. Wray would not even take a peek-a-boo about this 9/11 distortion of justice?   ... along with Ziodi Arabia's Billion $ "bribes", oops, US "investments", my bad, this ragheads' kingdom's latest fray into wriggle-bending US law ?  ... 

 

... "Saudis paying U.S. vets to fight 9/11 lawsuit - Lawmakers on Capitol Hill urged to overturn new law" ...

... "DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After Congress passed a new law allowing Sept. 11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, opponents mounted an expensive political campaign, including paying American military veterans to visit Capitol Hill and warn lawmakers about what they said could be unintended consequences.  What few people knew, including some of the recruited veterans themselves, was that Saudi Arabia’s government was largely paying for the effort, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Despite a World War II-era U.S. law requiring lobbyists to immediately reveal payments from foreign governments or political parties, some of the campaign’s organizers failed to notify the Justice Department about the Saudi kingdom’s role until months afterward, with no legal consequences.  Even now, some opponents of the law, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, still won’t say to whom or how many exactly they paid thousands of dollars each to influence state and federal elected officials on behalf of Saudi Arabia, stymieing public knowledge about the scale of foreign influence on the push to overturn the legislation."

... more here >>> http://www.wnd.com/2017/05/saudis-paying-u-s-vets-to-fight-911-lawsuit/?cat_orig=us

... or here >>> https://apnews.com/915af031fef34789918dd1d275fa8c30/Saudis-paid-for-US-veteran-trips-against-9-11-lawsuit-law

 

... justice for all? ... justice for some in the dept of just us ...

 

;)

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

...and now, in this discussion, they are pinning their last gasps of hopium on the intentionally blind...to prosecute a beast from the depths of Hell?

 

That is grasping at straws. We are cooked.

 

Of course I knew that well before it ever started so i am not disappointed in Trump at all...as he is turning out just as I expected.

 

At first I was more disappointed with the crew here at Fight Club, at the time, as I expected more from them than that.

 

But now  i am disappointed in myself for expecting too much from the people here as they are just not capable of comprehension or discernment.

 

And as I already know that they will be persuaded as easily through their emotions by the next self proclaimed messiah...I need to learn to depend more upon myself.

detached.amusement's picture

dingdingding, I knew I could stop reading once I read He...was a major part of the DOJ's response to the 9/11 attacks and oversaw the Enron task force.

Tall Tom's picture

 

 

 

 

Do not count on him indicting Hillary.

 

was a major part of the DOJ's response to the 9/11 attacks and oversaw the Enron task force.

 

Great credentials there...really great!!! A Real Winner.

 

It is over.

El Oregonian's picture

You meant Reality Winner didn't you?

NotApplicable's picture

One might say that he's a Real False-Reality Winner.

jeff montanye's picture

let's start with pulling the passports and putting anklets on the awan brothers and Alpha Jalloh, Keyante Edward, and Keith Jones, as people of interest.  don't have to make them lie naked in solitary like chelsea manning.  it's not like they exposed war crimes or anything.

Crash Overide's picture

They say actions speak louder than words... I am not very optimistic.

I would rather have Sheriff Clarke than a career government lawyer.

Zorba's idea's picture

Hell to the Yes for the Sherriff! 

Looney's picture

 

Canclecuffs for Hillary!  ;-)

Looney

WorkingFool's picture

How about a bus driver?! Or may be community organizer is more your speed? Dunce

Winston Churchill's picture

Lawyers are fixers by definition.They ARE the problem, not a solution.'Even Shakespeare knew it.

He will "fix" the FBI  like I will become world emperor.

jeff montanye's picture

let's hope he will defend trump against the deep state's attempt to impeach him.  solving seth rich's murder and the theft of the dnc emails are a road to that end.  this is why i voted for trump: the zionist deep staters and clintonite dead enders hate him with a passion that can't be quenched by arms deals with saudi arabia, forewarned missiles on abandoned russian bases in syria, reductions in funding and media for hamas, etc.

it's going to come down to a choice for wray: the president or the deep state.

we shall see.

jeff montanye's picture

i was about to change it is to it may when you "denied me access".  

i will get my hopes up but in the end the deep state may either break trump or decide he is close enough to what they can stand to stand him, given the alternatives of busting seth rich, etc.

detached.amusement's picture

BAR = British Accreditation Registry

All attorneys are beholden to a foreign power.

They had the USA by the Lawnuts before they had us by the moneynuts.