Wray was the personal attorney to New Jersey Governor and Trump ally Chris Christie during the "Bridgegate" scandal. "I congratulate President Trump for choosing a leader of proven skill, independence, and integrity, a man in whom all Americans can have confidence", Sessions said in his statement. But it seems to me that this is an effort to try to take people's attention off what is going to be the main event, at least for the next two days: "the leaders of our intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director".
The timing of Trump's announcement appeared to be an effort to redirect attention on the eve Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee.
Mueller is now the special counsel overseeing the probe into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
Among Wray's credentials is a stint as the assistant attorney general leading the Justice Department's criminal division, from 2003 to 2005.
It's not the first time Trump has looked at employees of King & Spalding for key posts - Bobby Burchfield, another partner at the firm, is an adviser to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, which holds the president's business assets, according to Newsweek.
Wray was interviewed by Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, two weeks ago, a Justice Department official told CNN. During his time in the government, Wray was a member of the administration's Corporate Fraud Task Force and oversaw the fraud prosecutions of former executives at Enron Corp. Trump had considered current and former politicians, including former Sen. After that ruling, Christie's office revealed that Wray had the phone.
Wray's nomination concludes a whrilwind search for someone to replace Comey that has seen multiple candidates remove their own names from consideration. Two former Christie aids were convicted for closing the lanes to punish a mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie.
Christie had previously said he "gave it to the government" a while earlier, but the USA attorney's office said it never had the phone.