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Several observers noted on Wednesday morning that Trump's Christopher Wray announcement did not arrive with any fact sheet or official press release, as would be expected with news of this weight.

From 2003 to 2005, Wray was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division, confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the role. Conaway he wasn't given a heads up and told reporters: "you all surprised me on the way in".

All of us strongly believe Sally possesses the necessary qualities to make her an effective leader of the Justice Department, and we are honored to support her nomination to be the next Deputy Attorney General. "This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel", Donald Trump said in a statement.

But Ryan says Wray seems like "the flawless kind of person" to succeed fired FBI Director James Comey.

Neither Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, nor ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein was given a heads-up.

Trump called Wray "a man of impeccable credentials", but offered no more information about the selection, except to end the tweet with "Details to follow".

A GOP colleague was more cautious.

The U.S. Senate must evaluate and vote on any nomination by Trump of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation leader. James Lankford, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

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None of those people, though, ultimately panned out, and Trump soon turned his focus to former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman. But Lieberman, too, withdrew from consideration because another lawyer at his firm was tapped to help Trump with the investigation into whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

The White House and its allies have been looking for ways to offset that potentially damaging testimony and have been working on strategies aimed at undermining Comey's credibility. Mr Wray is now a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta, where he had worked before entering public service. It was left to Randy Mastro and his team at Gibson Dunn to comb through the governor's files and personal devices and conduct interviews about the traffic jam. Wray had one of Christie's cell phones in his possession during the investigations.

While there, he acted as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.

Christie's office disclosed past year that Wray had the missing cellphone that was used by the governor and contained about a dozen text messages that Christie exchanged with a former staffer during a legislative hearing related to the bridge in 2013.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says Christopher Wray "is a serious and experienced attorney" - and Coons notes Wray's experience at the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration.

At the department, Wray helped lead its efforts to address the wave of corporate fraud scandals, overseeing the Enron task force and other major fraud investigations, according to his biography.