In a tweet on Twitter, the US president announced the nomination of Christopher A. Wray for Director of the FBI. Wray, a 50-year-old attorney who once served as assistant to the Attorney General, will be replacing James Comey, recently ousted by Trump.

Christopher A. Wray

Christopher A. Wray Photo Credit: CNN/ Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump announced his nomination for the new FBI chief on Wednesday via Twitter, tweeting: “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI.” Wray, 50, currently works as a litigation partner for a private firm. He served as Assistant Attorney General between 2003-2005, heading the Criminal Division, under the George W. Bush administration.

The surprising nomination comes just one day before the deposed FBI Chief James Comey will testify before the Senate’s Intelligence Committee. According to reports from the US, he is likely to contradict Trump’s claims that Comey had assured him that he is not under investigation regarding relations with Russia during the elections.

Comey is also expected to testify that Trump asked him to close the investigation against Michael Flynn while the latter served as National Security Adviser, which would implicate President Trump in attempts to obstruct an ongoing investigation.

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