Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FBI director nominee employed by Chris Christie during Bridgegate

If you missed Rachel Maddow’s show last evening you should tune into this portion about Trump’s pick for FBI director. Rachel reported on the New facts uncovered about Trump FBI pick, confirmation vote looms.

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump’s pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.
Duration: 22:40

You can read the story in the Washington Post’s Trump FBI pick represented Christie a year before agreement. A few snippets follow.

President Donald Trump’s pick to run the FBI represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for nearly a year before a mandatory retainer agreement was signed, according to records obtained by a New York City radio station.

Christopher Wray began representing Christie in September 2014 during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation, but a formal agreement wasn’t approved until August 2015, WNYC reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2tTJuoj ).

Wray’s firm, Atlanta-based King & Spalding, has been paid $2.1 million since Christie hired him in 2014.

“Eleven months is a little on the long side — and in the very least, it’s kind of sloppy,” Jim Eisenhower, a Philadelphia attorney and former federal prosecutor told WNYC. He said some lag time is expected because of government bureaucracy, but he had never heard of such a long period of time in his 30 years of practicing law.

American Bar Association and New Jersey court rules say terms of attorney retention should be communicated in writing “before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation.”

Wray is awaiting confirmation from the full U.S. Senate after his nomination was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Did the Judiciary Committee know about this? Apparently not, according to additional reporting by Politico.com saying that Christie offered support for Wray nomination to White House.

Wray represented Christie during the so-called Bridgegate scandal, in which top aides and political appointees of the GOP governor plotted to shut down traffic to the George Washington Bridge as political payback.

However: “questions about Wray’s work on behalf of Christie didn’t surface during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.”

Wray also stressed in his written responses that while in private practice, he personally has not worked on matters involving President Donald Trump and his family’s business interests or the Russian state-owned oil companies Rosneft and Gazprom — who are clients of his current law firm, King & Spalding. …

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