Christopher Wray (AP/Lawrence Jackson)

FBI director candidate Christopher Wray didn't mention case involving Russian government

Wray's law firm has been paid $2.1 million by New Jersey taxpayers to represent their scandal-ridden governor

Matthew Rozsa
June 20, 2017 10:30PM (UTC)

Christopher Wray, the man who might replace James Comey as America's next permanent FBI director, has had an important detail about his past removed from his biography on his law firm's website.

In 2006, Wray represented an unnamed American energy executive who was being criminally investigated by the Russian government, according to a report by CNN. This detail had been present on Wray's biographical page for the law firm King & Spalding since 2009 but was removed in 2017. It is one of the few pieces of information that had been altered on Wray's page in eight years, with most of the other changes involving wording and supplementation.


"Chris made this change to his bio, along with other minor tweaks, in an attempt to make the material more current," said King & Spalding spokeswoman Micheline Tang. "At the time he made the adjustments -- January 12, 2017 -- he was not being considered for, and did not anticipate being nominated for, FBI Director, or any position in government."

This isn't the only troublesome aspect of Wray's background that has emerged. Wray continues to work as the personal attorney for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the ongoing Bridgegate investigation, according to USA Today. That scandal involved collusion among government officials, including some with direct ties to the Christie administration, to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey as revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie's reelection bid.

Wray's law firm has received $2.1 million from New Jersey taxpayers since 2014. Christie is close to the president and was an early backer of Trump's presidential campaign.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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