5 Things to know about Chris Wray, Trump’s pick for FBI director

Chris Wray in 2005.

Credit: Rick McKay / Cox Washington Bureau

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Chris Wray in 2005.

Credit: Rick McKay / Cox Washington Bureau

Credit: Rick McKay / Cox Washington Bureau

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump announced an attorney with deep Atlanta ties as his pick to replace ousted former FBI director James Comey.

Chris Wray, like other FBI directors, spent years as a federal prosecutor. He also served as a top official with the Justice Department before joining the private law firm King & Spalding in Atlanta.

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Here are five things to know about Wray.

1. Wray was head of the U.S. Department of Justice criminal division under President George W. Bush.

2. He served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's personal attorney during the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal. Read more about that here.

3. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Georgia from 1997 until 2001.

4. In Washington, Wray was assigned to work on the terrorism investigation that followed the 9/11 attacks.

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5. One of his first assignments with the Justice Department was to sort out the problem with missing FBI files on the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and Timothy McVeigh.


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