Former agents describe the justice department veteran as qualified and uncontroversial, but he’s likely to face questioning over his independence

After Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey last month, former agents said the bureau’s rank-and-file wanted one thing: a fiercely independent replacement who would restore the bureau’s reputation for staying apolitical.

Christopher Wray, a criminal defense attorney and former senior justice department official, may not have been their first choice. But Trump’s pick for FBI director seems qualified and “fairly non-controversial”, according to former agents.

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