Reports: Trump vets FBI chief candidate with deep Atlanta ties

Wray started as an attorney at Atlanta-based legal giant King & Spalding in 1993 and served between 1997 and 2001 as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.

He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2003 and led the criminal division for two years before returning to King & Spalding as a partner with offices in Atlanta and Washington.

Trump has struggled to find a successor to Comey after his controversial decision to oust the FBI chief and a string of candidates, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman, are either out of contention or have withdrawn their names from consideration.

He is also said to be considering John Pistole, a former deputy FBI director who was President Barack Obama’s head of the Transportation Security Administration.

Here’s a little more about Wray from a 2005 AJC profile:

Another interesting fact about Wray: The family of his wife, Helen, has lived in Atlanta for seven generations and her great-grandfather, Clark Howell, once owned The Atlanta Constitution.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.