In a tweet on Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump announced he would be nominating Christopher Wray to be the new director of the FBI.
Wray is a partner at King & Spalding, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta and is also known for his work on the ‘Bridgegate’ case which kept Chris Christie out of jail.
The announcement was made by Trump on Twitter two hours before the current FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, was to take the stand in the first of the Senate hearings to be held this week. The hearings were looking into the firing of the FBI’s previous head James Comey.
“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow,” he tweeted.
Trump fired James Comey with a hand delivered letter to the FBI on May 9. In the letter, Trump stated that Comey told him three times he was not being investigated and that there was a lack of confidence in his leadership of the bureau.
Wray must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to take over the position as FBI director.