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Trump chooses former Justice Department official Christopher Wray to head the FBI

Trump chooses former Justice Department official Christopher Wray to head the FBI

After a tumultuous month at the White House and a public search that often resembled a reality television show, President Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to announce a mainstream choice to replace fired FBI Director James B. Comey: a former Justice Department prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense lawyer who is likely to win Senate approval.

Trump’s surprise choice of Christopher A. Wray, who led the Justice Department’s criminal division from 2003 to 2005, caught House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other senior Republicans off guard.

While at the Justice Department, Wray led headline-grabbing investigations of corporate fraud, including the prosecution of top officials...

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