His announcement comes as the Senate Intelligence Committee prepares to hear from top USA intelligence officials and Comey regarding the FBI's probe into Russian involvement in the election and fallout from Comey's firing.
President Trump announced today that he is nominating former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director. Top Justice Department officials initially held talks with eight candidates, and Trump said he could make a "fast decision" on whom to select because "almost all of them are very well known".
Wray was assistant US attorney general and oversaw the Department of Justice's (DOJ) criminal division from 2003 to 2005.
Ashcroft praised Wray's nomination Wednesday. Lawmakers attending a closed-door caucus in the morning said they had no early word of the president's selection. "There will be a time and place to review him". He served in that position until 2005 and then returned to private practice, specializing in white co.
The panel's top Democrat, California Sen. Chuck Grassley, learned about the nomination from Trump's tweet, according to a senior staff member for Grassley. I will be looking closely to see if Donald Trump's nominee, Chris Wray, will approach the responsibilities of the job seriously and free of politics.
"Chris Wray is a man of integrity with a deep commitment to the rule of law", the former attorney general said in a statement.
Christopher Wray's big moment is likely to be overshadowed by the man he will succeed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation - but he will step into the job at an extraordinary time in American history.
No definitive evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation has yet come to light.
According to information on King & Spalding's website, the firm regards itself as "a leader in Islamic finance and investment". The letter praised Yates for "extraordinary legal skill and judgement".
Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9. At the time, the White House said Yates had "betrayed" the Justice Department.
Early in his career, Wray spent almost a decade in the Justice Department, focusing on corporate fraud in addition to trade sanctions, money laundering, and other areas of the law. He noted that Wray was confirmed unanimously by voice vote to lead the Justice Department's criminal division in 2003. "He is not well-known in national circles, but he is someone well-known in Republican circles". There are no records of any contributions to Trump. Various congressional committees are also investigating.
Wray, 50, is a litigation attorney with law firm King & Spalding in Washington and Atlanta.
Wray was interviewed by Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, two weeks ago, a Justice Department official told CNN.
A former DOJ attorney who worked with Wray on several cases describes him as smart and capable but deliberate to the point of inaction. With a strong law enforcement background, Wray is a traditional choice for the job. He's an excellent lawyer who will provide even keeled leadership.