ATLANTA - Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump announced former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray as his pick to be FBI director.
The formal selection announcement came from the White House early Wednesday afternoon.
“I am proud to announce Christopher as my choice as the Director of the FBI. During his previous service at the Department of Justice, Christopher was the leader of major fraud investigations, and was a key part of the team overseeing the Justice Department’s actions in the war on terrorism following the 9/11 attacks,” Trump said in the statement. “He is an impeccably qualified individual, and I know that he will again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity once the Senate confirms him to lead the FBI.
“It is a great honor to be selected by the President to return to the Department of Justice as Director of the FBI,” Wray said. “I look forward to serving the American people with integrity as the leader of what I know firsthand to be an extraordinary group of men and women who have dedicated their careers to protecting this country.”
US Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) released a statement late Wednesday morning in support of the president's decision, citing Wray's experience with the 9/11 attacks and the Enron scandal.
“Today President Trump chose former Atlanta federal prosecutor, Christopher Wray, to lead our nation’s highest law enforcement agency. Mr. Wray has proven he is dedicated to upholding our nation’s laws and seeking justice. His work with DOJ on major cases like the Enron scandal and September 11th terrorist attacks make him an ideal candidate for this very important job.”
Former Democratic Georgia Senator Sam Nunn echoed Perdue's support of Wray, and emphasized his integrity and fairness.
“I strongly support Chris Wray’s nomination to lead the FBI. Chris is an outstanding lawyer who is known in the legal community for his integrity, his commitment to the rule of law, and his independent thinking. I have known Chris for many years. His commitment to fairness and justice gives me confidence that he will put the country first in every decision that he makes.”
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