US President Donald Trump says he is nominating an official from the George W. Bush administration to replace former FBI director James Comey.
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Details to follow.”
A former US assistant attorney general under Bush, Wray oversaw the criminal division of the Department of Justice back then.
He also has close ties with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and represented him in the so-called Bridgegate scandal, where Christie and his team were accused of causing intentional traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge to pressure a local Democratic mayor.
The choice was met with a positive reaction among some Trump critics.
Norm Eisen, former President Barack Obama’s chief ethics lawyer, hailed Wray’s fairness in trials and said he would “endorse” him.
Wray will replace Comey, whom Trump fired last month in the…