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Christopher A. Wray nominated as FBI Director

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Christopher A. Wray, a litigation partner working out of King and Spalding's Washington D.C. and Atlanta offices has been nominated by President Donald Trump as the new Director of the FBI.

According to his staff bio on the company website, before joining the firm Wray served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division from 2003 to 2005. There, he led investigations, prosecutions and policy development. He also played a huge role in the Department of Justice's response to the 9/11 attacks.

Wray also served on President George W. Bush's corporate fraud task force, handling the Enron task force among others.

He received the Edmund J Randolph Award in 2005, the Department of Justice's highest award for public service and leadership.

From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wray served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

For the past twelve years, though, it's his work in private practice that has gained the attention of several legal magazines, with writers noting that any time a major corporation is under investigation, you can expect Wray to be involved. 

CBS46 went to his gated home in Buckhead where he lives with his wife and two children but no one was available. Neighbor Virginia Persons says she knew he was on the short list to be President Trump's pick for FBI director.

"He's a highly regarded lawyer. I've known of him for a long time," says Persons. "He was in the DOJ during the Bush administration, so it was pretty exciting when he was on the short list. And it's exciting that he's been chosen." 

Wray will need Senate confirmation before taking over the FBI.

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