President Trump Nominates Yale Graduate for FBI Director

President Donald Trump has announced he's chosen a new nominee for FBI director and that nominee is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.

"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.

Wray graduated from cum laude from Yale University in 1989 and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1992, according to his biography on the U.S. Department of Justice web site, as well as his biography on the website for the lawfirm of King & Spalding. 

In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray for Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division and he remained in that role until 2005, then returned to private practice, specializing in white collar and internal investigations.

Wray currently works as a litigation partner at the law firm King and Spalding, according to the firm's website. He also served as a personal attorney to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case. Two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse the Republican governor. 

The president's announcement comes one day before former director James Comey will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. 

Former Connecticut U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman had been in the running for the top job at the F.B.I. but withdrew his name from consideration last month.

Lieberman said it was to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest after news of Trump's plan to retain one of Lieberman's law partners, Marc Kasowitz.

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