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Trump Nominates Lawyer To Lead FBI (bbc.com) 368

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has chosen a new FBI director. Trump says he's nominating Christopher A. Wray for the position. He described Wray as "a man of impeccable credentials." From a report: Donald Trump says he is nominating lawyer Christopher A Wray who served under George W Bush. Wray more recently represented the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, in which two of Christie's former aides were convicted of plotting to close lanes of the bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse the governor. Christie, who has informally advised the president, was not charged in the case.

Wray would succeed James Comey, whom Trump fired last month amid mounting scrutiny of ties between his campaign and Russia. The announcement comes a day ahead of Comey's scheduled appearance before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday where he is expected to touch on his firing and claims that Trump asked him to soft-pedal the investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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Trump Nominates Lawyer To Lead FBI

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  • by CajunArson ( 465943 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @08:09AM (#54567123) Journal

    ...was being fired by Trump.



    • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @10:47AM (#54568145) Homepage Journal

      No, sorry, liberal here: still don't like him. Just because we don't like someone doesn't mean we support any attempt to get rid of them, and Trump's firing was obviously based upon an illegitimate rationale and worthy of criticism. But even so, it's a cruel, but entirely appropriate, twist he was fired by the person he put in office.

      If he can undo some of the damage by helping get Trump out of office, that's good, but that wouldn't make up for the colossal disaster he brought upon our nation by faking an email scandal days before the election.

      • by kqs ( 1038910 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @11:20AM (#54568391)

        Agreed. The only people who think that liberals like Comey are conservatives.

        • Counterexample: I'm a liberal (I voted for Sanders in the primary and Stein in the general) and I've liked Comey for the duration of this mess.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by eaglesrule ( 4607947 )

        So are you saying that Clinton's emails, and thus classified information, wasn't actually on Anthony Wiener's laptop, and there was no due diligence required on Comey's part in notifying the oversight committee?

        No, nevermind. 'faking an email scandal' is just the typical weasel words used to hand wave away pertinent facts and to reinforce the false narrative that there was no problem in Clinton's handling of federal records.

        Did it ever occur to you that If the leadership of the DNC hadn't conspired to run

        • by imidan ( 559239 )

          Did it ever occur to you that If the leadership of the DNC hadn't conspired to run such a terrible candidate against Trump in the first place, then the colossal disaster could have been avoided?

          Yes, of course it has. Frequently. In the run-up to the nomination, when it was clear the Hillary would win, one of the big problems I had with her was that she is probably the most disliked woman in the country, perhaps occasionally trading off with Nancy Pelosi for that honor. It was, in my opinion, a bad idea t

      • Another liberal here, by American standards anyway. I never thought Comey was a bad guy, just caught in a bad situation, with no real clear way to fulfill his duties without appearing to be biased or hiding something. I still remember when he at least tried to stand up to W's main man Gonzales back in the days when people actually tried to actually do their jobs and paid lip service to the Constitution. It's funny, back then I thought Gonzales was the devil. I wasn't a fan of Ashcroft either. But they all s
      • Also, he didn't fake a scandal. He should have kept his damn mouth shut about the investigation the entire time, but he never made anything out to be salacious. It was the press that did that, in particular Fox Benghazi^W News. Hillary clearly broke the law and should have owned up to it early, to shut her critics up (good luck with that, I know). I personally feel like she should have dropped out of the race, but I recognize that isn't a popular position. Maybe the DNC should let a real liberal run for a c

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @10:54AM (#54568199)

      Sorry guy, us libs arent simpletons living in a black & white world.

      Thats your guy's schtick.

      Our world is actually much more complicated than black & white.

      • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        Sure explains why so many progressives keep saying that there's no free speech problem on campuses that multiple states are now writing laws to specifically protect conservatives from progressives and liberals. Man, someone should let Evergreen College know post-stat, maybe then they could get back to work instead of having all the intersectional whatever's threatening white students, professors, and so on.

      • Sorry guy, us libs arent simpletons living in a black & white world.

        Yeah, some of us have 12-bit grayscale.

        Luserz have only 50 shades.

  • by Bender Unit 22 ( 216955 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @08:23AM (#54567233) Journal

    He knows many words.

  • Also, it seems like Sessions offered Trump his resignation right before the overseas trip and he refused it: http://www.politico.com/story/... [politico.com]

  • Translation (Score:5, Informative)

    by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @08:45AM (#54567365)

    He described Wray as "a man of impeccable credentials.

    Translation: "He is loyal to Trump"

  • by Argos ( 173864 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @08:58AM (#54567435)

    At least he has not appointed to his horse.

    • At least he has not appointed to his horse ... yet.

      There, fixed that for you....

    • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )

      At least he has not appointed to his horse.

      No, but he does have his personal bodyguard/gofer taking on official business and running around flashing the Secretary of State's personal cell phone number for everyone to see.

    • At least he has not appointed to his horse.

      He has appointed a number of horses asses though...

  • Lawyer (Score:2, Informative)

    by Train0987 ( 1059246 )
    FBI agents must have a law degree. Why is it unusual that the FBI Director might be a lawyer. Is that supposed to be something negative?
    • by tk77 ( 1774336 )

      Comey is also a lawyer, so not sure why the headline seems to suggest something special about a lawyer being nominated to lead the FBI.

      https://www.britannica.com/bio... [britannica.com]

    • Re:Lawyer (Score:5, Informative)

      by Khyber ( 864651 ) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @11:31AM (#54568483) Homepage Journal

      Fucking wrong. From the FBI site:

      "Educational requirements include having a four year bachelor degree from an accredited university or college. In addition to this applicants should have three years of work experience at the minimum."

      No where is a law degree stated as the qualifier. I'm sure they'd prefer a law degree or a degree in "Criminal Justice" but they've got plenty of other degree-holders outside of law handling other things, like Comp. Sci/Engineering degree holders doing digital forensics.

    • FBI agents must have a law degree.

      What you just said is neither true in the real world, nor is it even true in fiction. From the X-Files to Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, I can't think of a single example that would have given you the false notion that every FBI agent has a law degree. Some certainly do, but that's true at pretty much any law enforcement organization.

  • by Bosconian ( 158140 ) on Wednesday June 07, 2017 @11:24AM (#54568417) Journal

    "You don't want a criminal _lawyer_... you want a _criminal_ lawyer."

    - Jessie Pinkman

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