On paper, Christopher Wray appears to be an excellent choice to serve as the next FBI director. He has â€śimpeccableâ€ť academic credentials (Yale law school) and has had a decades-long distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and high-level official in the Department of Justice.
As the criminal defense lawyer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the â€śBridgegateâ€ť investigation, he did raise some eyebrows when it was learned that one of Christieâ€™s â€śmissingâ€ť cellphones mysteriously ended up in Wrayâ€™s possession, but this is unlikely to derail Wrayâ€™s confirmation.
The most troubling issue that Wray may face is the fact that his law firm â€” King & Spalding â€” represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russiaâ€™s largest state-controlled oil companies.
Rosneft was prominently mentioned in the now infamous 35-page dossier prepared by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. The dossier claims that the CEO of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, offered candidate Donald Trump, through Trumpâ€™s campaign manager Carter Page, a 19% stake in the company in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia. The dossier claims that the offer was made in July while Page was in Moscow.https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/08/trump-new-fbi-director-chris-wray-russian-ties-rosneft-gazprom-column/102603214/